Sarah Parks is a social worker from South Carolina who first felt the call to work with the homeless population of New Orleans in 2003 after spending a summer volunteering with a local transitional housing program for homeless women and children. After receiving her Bachelors of Social Work from Winthrop University in 2006, Mrs. Parks followed her call to move to New Orleans with the goal of serving those in need. In the past 10 years that she has lived in New Orleans she has served with various social service agencies including those that serve the homeless as well as at-risk adolescents. The call to serve the local homeless population is one that Mrs. Parks is devoted to and she is grateful to serve through Grace at the Greenlight.
Chris Beary is a local attorney, CPA and entrepreneur who is a native New Orleanian. Traveling under the Pontchartrain Expressway several times a day, he felt compelled to start a ministry that would provide for the homeless' basic needs of food, water and God's love. Important to him is also facilitating a vehicle for others to give knowing their dollars are directly providing food and water - 100% of each donation. Mr. Beary is a longtime supporter of local charity and currently serves as the Treasurer and Vestry Member of Christ Church Cathedral and is a founder of and the Treasurer and Board Member for Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative.
AmeriCorps VISTA fellow
Aidan is originally from Albany, NY. He graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a double major in Sociology in Anthropology. In 2017, Aidan moved to New Orleans to experience a new city and enjoy everything the Crescent City has to offer. Being in New Orleans reinforced the importance of community involvement. Aidan joined the Grace at the Green Light team as a Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow in 2018 to complete his year of service. He is excited to work at Grace at the Green Light as an opportunity to give back to the people that make New Orleans so special and to create positive change in his community by helping those most in need.