Network Director: Carole Reed
I grew up in central Pennsylvania. I came to Indiana in 1980 to attend IUP. Following graduation, I worked at the Community Guidance Center for 23 years. I am a certified forensic interview for children who have been physically or sexually abused. I have also worked with older adults at St. Andrew’s Village and Aging Services, Inc. prior to being hired at Family Promise. I have a daughter, Julie and we have a dog named Luna.
As someone who has worked in social services for so long, I was drawn to Family Promise because of the focus on sustainable independence. I wanted to be part of finding permanent solutions for people, not just band- aid a situation. My mantra here is “short term discomfort for long term gain.”
Although this work can be difficult, I have been blessed by the children and families that I have worked with over the past 7 years. I look forward to continuing to provide programs and services that will help folks learn to live a sustainable life.
Shelter Aid: Jillian Jones
I grew up in Blairsville, Pennsylvania. After high school I went to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe and then Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. I was a pastor for two years and in my ministry, as well as my personal life, I have always had a heart for the marginalized. I came to Family Promise after moving back to Blairsville. I am excited to work to prevent and alleviate homelessness in my area.
I have a husband, Justin, who is a nurse and son Josiah who is in elementary school.
Board of Directors
President: Aaron Lehman
Aaron currently lives in Homer City. He has been in Indiana County for 32 years. He has 2 children and a dog named Holly. He joined the Family Promise Board in 2017 because he enjoys helping families in need. As a financial Advisor, he is able to assist with providing the families with financial literacy.
Vice President: Bob Bell
Bob is a Magisterial District Judge. He has lived in Indiana County his entire life. He graduated from Saltsburg High School and has a degree in Criminology at IUP, and a JD from Ohio Northern University Law School. He has been blessed with a wonderful and supportive family. He believes homelessness is a condition that should not exist in this great country, and is something that can and should be eradicated. Bob joined the board because Family Promise does not attempt to put band aids on the homeless problem. It is an organization that helps families learn how not to be homeless.
Secretary: Laura Dougherty
Laura Anne Dougherty is an Early Intervention Specialist after receiving a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from IUP, as well as a MAsters Degree in Special Education from UVA and a Master’s Degree in Special Education Supervision from SRU.. She was born and raised in Indiana County though she moved away for 25 years in order to pursue a career in education.
Laura has three adult daughters and two dogs, an Australian Shepard and a Miniature Pinscher. She got interested in working with people experiencing homelessness because she believes that everyone deserves safe and stable housing. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness by providing resources, support, and advocacy to help them transition out of homelessness and rebuild their lives. Working with the homelessness populations lets her contribute to creating a more compassionate and inclusive society. Being involved with the board brings her closer to the concerns of our community.
Ang is the Assistant Branch Manager at S&T Bank. She moved to Indiana two years ago to be with her fiance. Before that she Attended Mount Aloysius College for a degree in Early Childhood Education. She currently lives with her fiance Chat and two sons Mason (11) and JAxon (9). Ang started working with Family Promise because she believes that homelessness is not addressed enough within smaller communities. The impact to spread the awareness that every community faces homelessness involves being involved. She feels the ability to spread the word and offer help and support for those facing homelessness is a gratifying feeling. She sees Family Promise is more than just a board. It allows her to have a voice regarding homelessness. The Family Promise Mission is what inspires her. The program educates and does more than giving those in need temporary housing. It offers guidance and financial stability, wellness, work ethic and managing money to help those facing homelessness. The succession path allows them the opportunity to not face homelessness in the future.
Jackson Sturrock is a 7th grade History teacher at Marion Center High School. He came to Indiana County after going to IUP, but has been going to Indiana County all his life with his mom being from Marion Center. He has lived here full time for the last six years.
Jackson received a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education from IUP. He currently lives in Indiana with his fiancee. Both of their families live in Dubois and that is where they both went to high school. Being in education, Jackson has seen how invisible homelessness can seem from the outside. He has taught students experiencing homelessness and has seen what little resources are available for them and began looking into avenues to help. He decided to join the board to try to reach families experiencing homelessness not just in Indiana but the wider county as a whole. He thinks there is a lot that rural areas can do to support and benefit from Family Promise.
La Keya Crone has lived in Pennsylvania for a little over 10 days. She has three daughters who are her pride and joy. Having come from a big city, she realized that homelessness not only affects the person, but it also has a major impact on the community.
La Keya currently works for a non-profit organization called TCWIB. In her experience with dealing with a wide range of clients over the years, some may have lost housing, lost employment or do not have access to the resources in the community. It is La Keya’s passion to help those in need, regardless of the situation. It starts with lending a helping hand, connecting them with programs that would be beneficial to their needs and ultimately gaining that financial freedom that will change their lives forever.
La Keya believes it is easy for us to judge or figure out what caused this person to be homeless. However, having to deal with homelessness first hand, reaching out for help was a start to a brand new beginning.
Zig Ziglar said “It’s not where you start but where you finish that counts.” Therefore with the help of others, the homeless will become the homeowner. The hopeless will become hopeful. The defeated will become stronger.
La Keya believes that joining the board has been a great opportunity to use her voice, provide insight, and help make a difference in someone’s life. She is happy to be a part of an organization that gives support, guidance and sets the foundation for success because it truly takes a village.
Our Mission: To bring the faith community together to help families regain their housing, their independence and their dignity.