Director of Resident Services
Jennifer Lowell graduated with a B.S. in Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff Arizona. After living in Montana for over 30 years, she has returned back to her native California. In that time she was an elementary education and special education teacher. She has a heart and a vision to help to improve all children’s lives and understands the power of educating our youth. She also has over 20 years experience in the sales field. The last 5 years she has been the Senior Division Manager of an International Direct Sales company. This has given her valuable experience developing leadership and organizational skills, combined with her educational background and love of children she is a wonderful asset and enhancement to the operations of CARE Housing. She also is a proud mother of two grown daughters, Kathleen and Hillary.
Residential Education Program Coordinator (REP)
Edith Campos brings more than 10 years of experience and expertise in working in communities of color providing culturally competent services focused on social work. Edith received her B.A. degree from UC Santa Cruz where she majored in Community Studies. Currently Edith is attending the University of Southern California (USC) as a student in the Master of Social Work Program.
Edith is a first generation, Mexican Latina, and the first woman in her family to attend college. She was raised in South Central Los Angeles, where her parents and family still reside. Her passion to help others was inspired by her upbringing as a community organizer, where she supported her mother in her efforts to achieve equal rights for immigrants. Today as CARE Housing REP, Edith has succeeded in educating, linking and referring various tenants to programs and services they need to live healthy comfortable lives in the City of Los Angeles.
After School Program Director
My name is Gloria Chavez-Bejar. I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I am married, raised two children, and have four grandchildren.
Mrs. Chavez attended community college, majored in child development, earned an Associate’s Degree, and am bilingual in Spanish and English.
She worked for Los Angeles Unified School District in Special Education, with children of special needs for twenty six years. In addition she began working for the Echo Park Boys and Girls Club in 1984 where she was hired to manage their Learning Center and Tutoring Program. She was promoted to Program Director and soon after to Operations Manager and was responsible for supervising the operations of their daily programs.
In 2001 Echo Park began working in partnership with CARE housing to help provide after school programming to the residents in their apartment complexes. She was then transferred to manage their first After School program. Her primary focus was academics, then a variety of social/recreational activities (ex. art, cooking class, science, games, exercise, and community walking trips). The program soon developed with great participation and parental support. Soon after they began opening more programs, and she was promoted to help open and supervise the management of these programs.
In 2007 she left the employment of the Echo Park Boys and Girls Club, and became an employee of CARE Housing Social Services and continue to supervise the After School Programs.
“This employment has been an extremely positive experience and very rewarding. I have seen these programs make a difference and change the lives of so many children by giving them a positive sense of belonging, safe and positive environment in which to work, learn, accept and respect diversity. It’s a greater feeling when you know you had something to do with the positive changes and happiness of so many children’s lives.”
– Gloria Chavez
After School Program Office Assistant
Ms. Romero attended and graduated from John Marshall High School. Towards the end of her senior year in 2008, she volunteered at the local elementary school, which sparked an interest in working with children. She helped the teachers by working with the children and their activities like: art and crafts, outdoor play and academic work. She has been with CARE for seven years and started with her own after school center. In 2014 she was promoted to After School Program Office Assistant, where she oversees all After School Centers and checks to make sure all scheduled daily activities are being followed and if the Center coordinators need any help.
“This experience has been very rewarding. I have had the privilege of watch the members grow and see the programs make positive changes in their lives. It is a pleasure working for CARE and with people dedicated to helping children make a change and succeed in the challenges of life.”
– Diana Romero
Resident Services Coordinator
Mrs. Manchester is the Resident Services Coordinator at CARE Housing Services. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State Fullerton with a B.S. in Human Services specializing in mental health. She holds a certificate in Drug and Alcohol studies and conflict mediation from Cypress College. Michelle comes to CARE with over 15 years experience working in the mental health community in both in-patient and out-patient programs.
For the past two years, Mrs. Manchester has worked on the front lines at Fullerton City Lights, committing herself to improving the quality of life and well being of individuals and families residing in the building. She utilizes her skills in direct service, collaborating with various outside social service programs.
She has brought programs directly to Fullerton City Lights assisting residents in overcoming barriers associated with social disadvantages such as poverty, mental and physical illness or disability.
In the last 2 years, Mrs. Manchester has created an on site food pantry, collaborated with local area churches to deliver and distribute a bag of food to each resident each month as well as provide perishable food donations weekly. She continues to be a great resource for the residents and an invaluable asset to CARE Housing Services.
Social Services Coordinator at Normandie Terrace
Lee is a Korean-American woman with a Master’s Degree in Psychology (specialized in Counseling Psychology and Rehabilitation) from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York in 1980.
Following her graduation, Lee worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker at St. John’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for over 3 years. As a part of crisis intervention team, she conducted the initial psychiatric assessment and treatment plan for patients who were admitted after psychotic breakdown, substance abuse and suicide attempts, etc.
In 1987, Lee formed an art-house film acquisition/distribution company, KJ Entertainment and was involved in marketing and organizing press releases and opening events.
In 2000, she left KJ Entertainment in order to become primary caregiver for her aging mother, who required 24-hour care. However, taking care of her mother rekindled her need to help others, and decided to revisit her previous vocation of psychology.
In 2013, she became a Social Services Coordinator at Normandie Terrace. She provides individual and family counseling, crisis intervention such as substance abuse and domestic violence, temporary assistance with food and health coverage, etc. She also conducts Educational Classes once a week focusing on life skills and survival information for the residents.