Our Staff

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Sarah Parks

Executive Director

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.

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Chris Beary

Founder

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.

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Sarah-Kate Wittig

AmeriCorps VISTA fellow

Sara-Kate Wittig is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. She has had a passion for homeless ministry since she went on her first missions trip to New York, Harlem, where she served the homeless community in that area. Since then Sarah-Kate has also been to West Virginia, Los Angeles, Thailand and the Philippines serving those communities homelessand sex-trafficked populations. Sarah-Kate would like to return to college and complete her degree in the near future; in the meantime she is loving her new intern position at Grace at the Greenlight and all the different experiences that come with living in the beautiful city of New Orleans.