As our guests enter the Community Room at the Norristown Hospitality Center each weekday morning, they are greeted by Gabby, our front desk volunteer. Gabby greets everyone with a smile and a light in her eyes.
She directs our guests to sign into the Center, sign up for a shower, or sign up for social services. She ensures that our guests are connected with services in a timely manner and she really keeps the Center running efficiently.
Gabby was formerly homeless, and experienced multiple mental Health challenges. Our staff worked with Gabby and provided her with basic needs services, case management, and she completed Arize, our workforce development program. The Hospitality Center has a MOU with Maturity Works – a program that helps individuals who are 55+ years of age get back into the workforce. Gabby was placed as a staff at the Center through Maturity Works.
She is truly a success story because of her resilience and eternal hopefulness! She is empathetic to everyone who walks through our doors because she has a similar lived experience.
Gabby plans to continue her success and complete a training program to become a Certified Peer Specialist. It is her hope to help the most vulnerable people of the community and to help them regain their life and power. We are so thankful for the gifts and talents that Gabby brings to the Center!