As a co-founder of Hope Works, Rebekah has overseen the growth of Hope Works from serving 75 individuals annually to over 1,000. Passionate about holistic community development, Rebekah previously developed and launched asset development programming designed to increase financial stability and long-term asset acquisition for recently arrived refugees in the Chicagoland area. Rebekah has worked with program design and implementation locally, nationally, and internationally within a variety of cultural contexts. Originally from Missoula, Montana, Rebekah enjoys any opportunity to adventure outdoors, travel, and explore new places and food. Rebekah holds a BA in International Relations.
As the Community Outreach Coordinator at Hope Works, Shalom is involved with not only with the internal day-to-day operation of the MAP program but also with leading the formation of new connections to individuals and organizations in the Chicagoland area. Previously she was a ceramics teacher at a high school in nearby neighborhood on the Southside. She is passionate about using art to build relationships, shift perspectives, and create change. Shalom’s BA in Fine Arts will soon be incorporated into her work at Hope Works through starting a ceramics program for youth that focuses on the connection between art and marketing/business.
Mary Elizabeth Goodell
Fund Development coordinator
As the Development Coordinator, Mary Elizabeth gets to employ her love for storytelling by sharing about the ways that Hope Works is engaging the community. While she was completing her BA in Business/Economics, she worked as an event planner both nationally and internationally. She has a marketing background, working with social media, analytics, and written publications. For the last three years she has researched the causes and implications of sexual violence and exploitation. She is from Augusta, Georgia and has also earned a minor in Studio Art where she studied digital media.