New Staff Members Join Beth-El Center

We are very excited to welcome the following new employees to our team! Their collective and individual experience and backgrounds are great assets as we continue to work on the goal of ending homelessness and hunger.

Nicole Nickerson, Case Manager

Nicole came to the Beth-El Center with tremendous knowledge and resources from past professional and volunteer experiences.

In her previous job as a 211 Senior Contact Specialist, Nicole was committed to triaging and resolving the diverse and critical situations from 2-1-1 Infoline callers.

Nicole is a Certified Information and Referral Systems Specialist, Certified Suicidology Crisis Worker and trained Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor.

She is also trained in Mental Health First Aid and has most recently joined the Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut as a Volunteer Literacy Tutor.


Tomeka Hudson, Programs Staff Assistant

Tomeka has been an employee of the Beth-El Center since 2015.

She was first a Community Health Worker intern through Gateway Community College and quickly showed us the passion she has for working with the homeless and hungry in our community.

After her internship ended in Fall of 2015, she served as a Residential Counselor and No Freeze Residential Counselor for two seasons.

In her new Beth-El Center role as Program Staff Assistant, Tomeka will be supporting our Case Manager and Housing Specialist, allowing more hands on assistance to residents in need of higher level of supervision and support.


Margaret LeFever, Housing Specialist

Filling a new position at Beth-El Center, Margaret will have a split role, serving as a Case Manager to housing-ready clients and as a liaison to landlords, property managers, housing programs and realtors.

Margaret 's prior work experience includes working as an In-reach Specialist for UNITY of Greater New Orleans, where she helped individuals and families in the Greater New Orleans region achieve their housing goals.

In her role at Beth-El, Margaret will be tasked with the responsibility of building a network of partners to expedite shelter exits to stable housing options.


Coleen Lane, Office Assistant

As Beth-El Center's Office Assistant, Coleen will be providing administrative support to our Executive Director, shelter program and soup kitchen staff.

Her previous experiences include working as a Human Resource Department Secretary at Bridgeport Hospital for two years followed by thirteen years as an Office Manager at the Spadaccino and Leo P Gallagher and Son Community Funeral Home where, as the first point of contact, she helped families as well as managed the office.

Coleen's office skills, confidentiality and compassion are a welcomed asset to our staff.


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