MEET THE AWARD WINNERS
JIMMY FENNER is determined to give back and to help the community that once helped him work through his own struggles. One way he does this is through his work at HomeAgain. As a staff member of the Men’s Emergency Shelter, Jimmy is energetic, enthusiastic, and personable with clients. He has a special ability to relate to people and to make new clients feel welcome. He is able to draw on his own experiences to provide guidance for those who are wandering away from living a healthy and safe life. Jimmy is reliable, dependable, and is a perfect representation of what the HomeAgain agency stands for.
GEORGI FISHER serves as a Social Worker for the HomeLink team at Virginia Supportive Housing. In her current role, Georgi consistently goes above and beyond to place and keep her clients in housing. She works tirelessly to bring SSI benefits to disabled individuals and works closely with the Social Security Administration to ensure that her clients are receiving equitable treatment. She takes it upon herself to ensure that clients who have passed away receive a dignified service and burial that involves friends and family of the deceased. Georgi is always thinking of the well-being of others and is fearless when advocating for her clients.
CELIE WEAVER started at Virginia Supportive Housing in October 2012 as a case manager for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. Celie graduated with her BSW in 2008 and MSW in 2010. She spent a lot of time during her college career researching military and veteran issues and even interned at McGuire VA Medical Center. Having a brother-in-law serve multiple tours in Iraq, she has seen the impact that war has on a veteran and their family. Celie is passionate about the work that she does. She is caring, patient and nonjudgmental, gives 100%, and perseveres in order to assist folks with ending their homelessness. She believes in the mission statement that “everyone deserves a home” no matter what.
THE GREATER RICHMOND REGIONAL HOTLINE (GRRH) is the point of entry for survivors of sexual and domestic violence seeking information on shelter, counseling, housing, employment, support, child care, financial assistance, and community-based case management. The GRRH conducts one universal assessment on behalf of Hanover Safe Place, The James House, Project Hope, Safe Harbor, and The YWCA of Richmond. The hotline staff triages safety concerns, a caller’s need for crisis housing, a caller’s request for different types of services, and then either secures shelter or makes referrals. A model for service coordination, the GRRH is a tool that facilitates our regional efforts to end homelessness for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
DARCY OMAN is the President and CEO of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia. She has served in the executive leadership role since November 1985, when Oman was hired as the Foundation’s first full time professional staff member. In her 30 years of service to the community, Oman has served on numerous boards and leadership advisory committees. In 2014, she received the Council on Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award. Considered philanthropy’s highest honor, the award celebrates a visionary leader who embodies the intellect, integrity, leadership, and accomplishment that define absolute excellence in the field. In the 30 year history of the award, it is only the fifth time that an individual has been recognized from the community foundation field. Darcy lead Community Foundation stakeholders to make early investments rapid re-housing programs in the region, helped to build community connections between homelessness and related issues, and has been a supporter of many Greater Richmond Continuum of Care providers.