As the director of safe housing, Twanna ensures that relationships are established and maintained with LifeWay’s partners and collaborating agencies, creates meaningful programs for residents, and leads the safe house team to deliver quality services to residents. She is a graduate of Empire State College with a BA in human services and a master’s degree in social work from Touro College. She brings more than 25 years of experience in social work and believes that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires honest caring without judgment. Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, she draws from various methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation. As a director, she is warm, open, encouraging, and direct. She considers herself an active director, combining experience and education.
Lindsay joined LifeWay as a house manager in November 2017. Her job entails day-to-day maintenance of the safe house as well as creating a safe, supportive and home-like environment for survivors. Lindsay enjoys working daily with the women in the house, offering them each encouragement and support to grow and flourish during their stay. Lindsay always wanted to be part of an organization that allowed her to make a difference. Lindsay received her B.A. in human development from SUNY Oswego and started her career working as a literacy tutor and life skills trainer. Her background as a tutor and trainer comes in handy when assisting the women with college and job applications, ESL course homework, and other goal-related tasks. Prior to LifeWay, Lindsay worked as a case manager and program manager at a home for people with disabilities. Lindsay has a passion for empowering people and supporting them through their journey of healing, recovery and achieving personal goals. When not working at LifeWay, she enjoys cooking, hiking, camping, biking and spending time with and caring for her cats and aquatic animals.