MANNA CONNECT IS A PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
THAT PROVIDES PARTICIPANTS WITH COMMUNITY,
COACHING, AND CAREER SKILL ADVANCEMENT
AS THEY IDENTIFY AND OVERCOME BARRIERS
TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND WHOLENESS.
Colorado homelessness has a new face.
Following in-step with a rising national trend, Colorado has seen a disproportionate increase of low-wage jobs simultaneous to a decline of service-sector jobs. The results have a disenfranchising effect on the lives of more than 45,000 families in Douglas, Elbert and Arapahoe counties.
Although most of Denver’s areas of highest-poverty continue to be in high-density arenas, the number of suburban high-poverty areas has exponentially outpaced numbers in urban areas within the last fifteen years.
This is where Manna Connect is at work, developing methods to address the rising needs of suburban poverty right here in our backyard of Douglas County. Our unique career and community development model aims to rebuild the societal base surrounding our neighbors, creating more integrated communities and developing pathways out of poverty through meaningful careers.
Where most work focuses on the problems that accompany poverty, we are person-centered, employing an integrated approach to unleash each individual's inherent strengths and break the barriers that stand between them and the self-sufficiency they desire. Rather than provide temporary aid, our development model creates sustainable independence.
MEET OUR TEAM
Since 2009 Erin has worked in the field of social work, focusing on the areas of poverty, homelessness, foster care, and adoption. She feels called to serve her neighbors and to help them break down barriers to reach wholeness in their lives. When not working, Erin enjoys time with her family, reading, and watching her favorite sports teams.
Coach and Counseling Specialist
After obtaining her Master's in Social Work, Merari worked as an In-Home Child and Family Therapist where she worked primarily with Spanish-speaking families to overcome the effects of trauma. She feels strongly about empowering her neighbors to reach their full potential and thrive in their community. When not working, Merari enjoys time with family, friends, exploring new places
and hiking with the pup.
Coach and Leadership Specialist
With a dynamic background in leadership development, adult education, and spiritual formation, Nathan brings his passion as an advocate into his work across Douglas County. After receiving his Master's degree, he stepped further into his desire to see wholeness in the lives of his neighbors. When not working Nathan is probably lost in the mountains on an adventure.
Career Coach and Lead Recruiter
After obtaining his BA in Marketing, Steve expanded his expertise to include personal development with his passion to walk alongside others as they embark on their adventures of personal growth. He brings with him ten years experience in young adult development and programming, global missions, and outdoor leadership. When not working, Steve can be found playing board games with his family, reading something nerdy, out in the mountains, or playing golf or racquetball.