CCH welcomes Christy Savellano to the staff, serving as our new development associate.
We asked Christy to introduce herself.
My social work lens and experiences have shaped who I am and what I stand for, continuing to weave my passions in fighting and promoting social justice and social work together.
My passion for social justice stems from my experiences as a first-generation Filipino immigrant. My mother and I had nothing but four luggage bags filled with clothes and our most prized possessions when we came to America. We left our home behind for a future filled with many uncertainties. One thing we knew was that by taking this step our lives would change forever.
We encountered issues that many of the people we work with at CCH face: living doubled-up, and attaining housing and job security. The notion of supporting individuals was ingrained in my mind through the examples of support from our family and community during the challenging times we faced.
Encountering these challenges as we transitioned into our new lives fueled my passion, at an early age, to promote and fight for social justice. I felt that it was my responsibility to give back and support others by taking part in community service and volunteering opportunities, which eventually led to my passion for social work.
I received my Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Aurora University in 2016. During my senior year, I interned with the CCH Organizing Department, working with the State Network and Senior Organizer Jim Picchetti. I learned many valuable lessons from leaders and the CCH team. Most importantly, I learned about the many systemic challenges homeless individuals face in their daily lives and the power of relationships. This internship fueled my passion in fighting and promoting social justice while I developed a desire to pursue a macro-level social work practice.
After college, I went on to pursue my Master’s of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago. Throughout the school year, I interned at Heartland Health Centers as a grants and business development intern. This opportunity also taught me valuable lessons, especially what it takes to be a successful grant writer for a nonprofit organization.
I am excited to be back at the coalition, focusing on grant writing within my role in the Development Department. I look forward to being part of this team in continuing its efforts to end homelessness.