Last September I joined an amazing group of people in the Leadership CORPS (pronounced \kor\) Class of 2024. Full disclosure — I’m a Leadership CORPS member and also Leadership Council SMC’s Director of Finance and Operations. I’d like to share my recent, personal experience as a CORPS participant.
Why Did I Join Leadership CORPS?
I am a longtime resident of San Mateo County with an extensive background in business. I have been a community volunteer, serving on many education boards including the San Mateo High School Foundation, Hillsborough Schools Foundation, and parent organizations for our local schools. For a long time I’ve wanted to be in a program like Leadership CORPS. I have been particularly interested in our County, the resources available, and how I might expand my leadership impact. Leadership CORPS was a perfect fit!
January’s Human Services Learning Day aligned perfectly with my goals. Our pre-reading and guest speakers provided tons of great information including an understanding of resources available to individuals across San Mateo County, the gaps in services, and the extensive collaboration and partnership required to ensure these services are accessible to everyone who needs them. It was a lot to take in.
Then we left the classroom, and all visited local nonprofits in small groups, later returning to share what we learned. My group went to Coast House Shelter in Half Moon Bay, CA.
Visiting Coast House Shelter
Coast House Shelter, run by LifeMoves, provides temporary living accommodations and intensive on-site support services to those experiencing homelessness. They help clients work toward long-term sufficiency and move to homes of their own.
This has been my favorite Learning Day so far in CORPS. We met the staff at Coast House doing the work and got a real feel for their accomplishments and challenges. Being onsite and seeing this nonprofit up close was enormously impactful.