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The motivation for Janette’s career in human services is “¡Sí se puede!” coupled with her fervent belief that people deserve to live with dignity and to be safe, and that they should have equitable opportunities for social and economic well-being and good health. For more than 20 years, Janette’s career and commitment to “doing what is right” has included developing and directing supportive housing programs for teen mothers and survivors of sexual assault, and managing, overseeing, and ultimately leading Way Finders’ supportive housing and emergency shelter programs. Since 2012, Janette has been fearless and strategic in her advocacy to expand Way Finders’ services for homeless families, teen parents, and survivors of domestic violence as well as making herself available, on the ground, to help families through traumatic times in their lives. Janette is a recognized leader at the state and local levels and is the recipient of the 2019 Robert J. Van Wart Award from the Human Service Forum.
In her role as Chief Program Officer, Janette continues to lead our region in providing critically needed services to families and individuals. She leads and directs Way Finders’ Housing Center Division, which is comprised of Housing Support Services, Rental Assistance, and Housing Education Services. Together these programs, which include RAFT, HomeBASE, supportive housing for teen parents and survivors of domestic violence, the Housing Choice Voucher Program, Fair Housing Education, financial and first-time homebuyer education, 209 units of emergency housing for families, and workforce development programs, provide service to over 65,000 men, women, and children each year.