New faces, new inspiration!

aTq6dMnTMBy Diane Holloway

The lights are on, and all offices are full. Yippee! We welcome our terrific new worker bees at Trinity Center. We are thrilled to have a new AmeriCorps member and three University of Texas social work interns doing everything from running the center to meeting with case-management clients to generally brightening and invigorating our days.

We thank them in advance for their dedicated service, and we are proud to introduce them to you.

InternsAlex Tingquist (AmeriCorps) is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas who  previously served two Summer AmeriCorps VISTA terms at Our House the Homeless Shelter in Little Rock. Alex seems to love the slightly chaotic bustle of Trinity Center and also loves soccer and live music in his spare time.

Chelsea Lessing, our full-time UT intern, stands out with her sometimes blue, sometimes purple hair. One neighbor already has dubbed her Cotton Candy. Chelsea says she loves working at Trinity Center because of our “dedication to service and acceptance” of all the neighbors who come through our doors. In her off time, she enjoys long-boarding. We’re not sure what that is, but it sounds impressive. A native Texan, she also enjoys breakfast tacos.

Naomi Peschke, a part-time UT intern and native Austinite (a rare breed), is fluent in American Sign Language, with an Associate’s Degree in interpreting. She has already been sought out by some of our deaf neighbors who appreciate the easy communication. When she’s not working or studying, Naomi enjoys reading mystery novels and watching reality TV.

Linda Gomez, another part-time UT intern, is studying for her Masters in Social Work. She came to Texas from California, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree at California State-Long Beach. She speaks Spanish and welcomes the opportunity to help our Spanish-speaking neighbors and other neighbors in need of help. She admires “the genuineness and sincere desire to lend a helping hand here at Trinity Center.” In her spare time, she has been exploring Austin and “re-energizing myself through prayer, singing and jogging.”

giphyTrinity Center is blessed to have such wonderful, dedicated people who are devoting this portion of their lives to serving Trinity Center and our beloved neighbors. We look forward to their time with us.