Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS) volunteers are a dedicated part of the HPP family. Meet Rachel, who served as a MVS volunteer at HPP for two years.
Rachel’s enthusiasm, her passion for social justice, and her commitment to results have all made her a valuable addition to HPP. During her two years of service, Rachel grew our one-weekly housing workshops to seven per week. She fights diligently to get our families housed, fostering dialogue between landlords, city planners and service providers to make sure that tenant voices are heard.
Rachel brings her whole self to her work, in a way that enriches her clients’ lives, raises the social consciousness and morale of her colleagues, and improves the capacity of the whole agency to serve the community. We feel fortunate that she will be continuing her growth and her contribution to our mission as a permanent member of HPP staff, as our new Housing Program Lead!
Read a profile of Rachel by MVS below:
Homeless Prenatal Program
Hi, everyone! My name is Rachel Stoltzfus. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but have also lived in Elkhart, Indiana, as well. I attended both Hesston College and then graduated from Goshen College with my bachelor’s in Social Work. I am currently in my second year of MVS at the Homeless Prenatal Program. I work predominately in the Housing department where I use my social work skills to the fullest. I work with women experiencing different kinds of life difficulties, such as homelessness, domestic violence, mental health, and parenting as single moms.
Due to such an emotionally taxing job, I love to spend my free time exploring all that San Francisco has to offer. Whether that’s sitting in a park and soaking up some rays, the occasional visit to the beach looking to see if I can spot dolphins or whales, watching the world-champion San Francisco Giants, hanging with friends, and, of course, Netflix. San Francisco has been amazing and I love the work that I do. I am excited to continue my life here in San Francisco past my MVS time.