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Serenity House names new case managers

Four new case managers have joined the private nonprofit Serenity House programs working to end homelessness in Clallam County.

Veterans Services Center

Gabrielle Vanwert is the new case manager for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program in the newly expanded Veterans Services Center at Serenity House’s Port Angeles Housing Resource Center intake office. The center serves veterans ranging from retirement age to young vets recently back from overseas who aren’t able to work due to disabilities or who need better education to support their families.

 

Vanwert put in four years of active duty service with the U.S. Army Reserve, earned a B.S. degree in psychology and is working on her MBA. She can be reached at 565-5043 or gabrielle.vanwert.hrc@gmail.com.

 

She trains under Dan Bateham, who was promoted to the new position of Veterans Benefits Coordinator, which will function much like a Veterans’ Service Officer. Bateham can be reached at 565-5045 or e-mail dpbateham@gmail.com.

Youth Dream Center

Serenity House’s Homeless Youth Services division has promoted Pam Olson to director and has named Jeffrey Larmore as the new case manager at the youth drop-in Dream Center.

 

Larmore, whose interest in psychology led him to earn a mental health certificate from North Shore Community College in Lynn, Mass., also is a certified EMT and a volunteer firefighter. The Missouri native moved to Port Angeles two years ago and worked for Peninsula Behavioral Health.

 

Larmore can be reached at jlarmore12@hotmail.com or by calling the Dream Center, 565-5048.

Family Services

Two new case managers with the Family Services division come to Serenity House from corrections backgrounds.

 

Viola Ware, the new Transitions to Housing and Family Shelter Services family support specialist, worked in community corrections in Seattle for 10 years, doing case management and conducting personal research into the homelessness that afflicted many of her charges. She is completing her bachelor’s degree in criminology and sociology online from Arizona State University.

 

Ware’s new position has her working with families coming right off the street and with families on short-term rental subsidies. Ware can be reached at 452-9011 or violawareserenity@yahoo.com.

 

Sarah Woodin started as a family support specialist for Evergreen Family Village while wrapping up 4½ years working in the Clallam County jail. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a focus on psychology from Mid-America Nazarene University and was a case manager for juvenile corrections in Kansas City, Kan., before moving west.

 

Woodin can be reached at 452-9059 or sarahwoodinserenity@yahoo.com.

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