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Executive Officers

Michelle E. Venema

Chief Executive Officer

The story of Michelle, our Chief Executive Officer, is a true inspiration. Thirty years ago, she started at First National Bank of Chester County as a bank teller and worked her way up to the role of Executive Vice President of Business Banking. There was a time, in her Sweet Briar College days, when she wanted to become a doctor and to that end got her degree in Biochemistry. However, once she started working at First National, she caught the banking bug and never left the financial world until joining Home of the Sparrow as Chief Executive Officer in 2017…

Kathleen Sanger

Kathleen Sanger

Director of Development

It’s all about Chester County. Kathleen has always worked in the nonprofit sector; always in Chester County. She began her career at United Way of Chester County in 1988 when it was located in Exton…

Programs

Alejandra Colin

Bilingual Program Coordinator

Alejandra also known as “Ale” is the Bilingual Program Coordinator from the Supportive Housing Program. Knowing a second language is such an important asset here in Home of the Sparrow...

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Jessica Lesko

Jessica Lesko

WRAP Program Coordinator

Jessica Lesko has always had a passion for women’s issues and she knew early on that she wanted to dedicate her career to making a positive impact in our community. Nothing is impossible ...

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Jessica Prendergast

Jessica Prendergast

WRAP and Supportive Housing Program Coordinator

In the Home of the Sparrow cosmos, Jessica is known as "JP". She brings heart and technical expertise into the Women's Reentry and Assessment Program (WRAP) ...

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Kristen Jaggers

Program Coordinator

Kristen has been responding to life in this way since she was a youngster, demolishing whatever barrier the universe dropped in her path. As a teenager she volunteered in homeless shelters and soup kitchens, ...

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Matrie Johnson

Director of Programs

When Matrie Johnson believes something is possible, she doesn’t take no for an answer. As Director of Programs, she grew our programs to where they are today. She made Home of the Sparrow a place ...

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Tamara Widdowson

Program Coordinator

Tamara joined the Home of the Sparrow family this summer. She’s a perfect fit with over 20 years of human service experience in Chester County. In those two decades of serving her community ...

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Operations and Outreach

Darla Nutter

Director of Operations

Darla Nutter is the heart and soul of Home of the Sparrow. Here from almost the beginning, she played an essential role in bringing us to where we are today. We sometimes suspect that she ...

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Ashley Smith

Outreach Coordinator

Ashley Smith can find the most unusual things, giving her the nickname ‘finders girl’. Together with her ability to bring order to chaos and to organize rock star volunteer events, she is the perfect outreach coordinator ...

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Bruce Field

Property Manager

As one of the longest standing staff members of Home of the Sparrow, Bruce Field makes sure that our Pre-Senior Bridge Houses and our office are in tip-top shape. We have yet to find a problem that Bruce can’t fix ...

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Due to COVID-19, our staff is working normal business hours - remotely - as the office is closed until June 4th. If you are a current client, you can reach your case manager via phone, email, or text just like always.
If you are experiencing homelessness, please call 2-1-1 for assistance.

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