Meet the Center’s Juan Hernandez!

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I wanted to be a part of an organization dedicated to helping people and that’s why I  decided to apply for a job at the Center. Working here in an environment that encourages you to be true to yourself has turned out to be one of the best professional experiences of my life!

My job in Youth Services involves overseeing the emergency shelter programs that provide a safe, low-barrier, and supportive 24-hour residence to persons experiencing homelessness while they are working on getting connected to housing resources.

I started at the Center in the entry level job of Resident Assistant four years ago. Every position I have held since has helped me to grow professionally and personally.

Every time I get a chance to talk to a young person who is moving out of our residential programs to long-term or permanent housing, I get to hear about all of the great things they accomplished while accessing resources at the Center. It makes me really happy to be a part of that and it’s a reminder that the work we are doing is making a difference in young people’s lives. That is what keeps me motivated to keep doing this work.

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Hometown: Boyle Heights, CA

Year Started Working at Center: 2018

Staff Position: Program Manager, Youth Services

Pronouns: He/Him
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