Program Management Team
Housing Services— Barbara Bento-Fleming possesses both a Bachelors’ Degree in Education as well as years of experience in the field of Human Services. During her career, while progressively increasing her responsibilities, she has provided direct services to the administration of multiple government contracts. And, through Ford Foundation funding, she served as a transitional housing consultant to non-profit community agencies in Connecticut, New Jersey, Michigan and Massachusetts.
Barbara has dedicated many years to the development of housing programs and services for special-needs populations. These have included the working poor, homeless individuals and families, recovering substance abusers, chronically mentally ill ex-offenders, pregnant and parenting teenagers and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Shelter and Homeless Outreach Services— Charlie Bevier joined Lifting Up Westchester in 1988. As Director of Shelter Outreach and Homeless Services, Charlie is responsible for overall administration, program development and delivery.
Additionally, Charlie oversees the 38-bed Open Arms Men’s Shelter, the 19-bed Samaritan House Women’s Shelter and Homeless Outreach Services. Prior to his directorship, Mr. Bevier held the position of Deputy Director of Shelter Services at Open Arms. Charlie has over 23 years of experience in human services, with expertise in substance abuse and mental illness. He has been recognized by the National Council on Alcoholism for his work with the homeless population in Westchester County. Charlie has successfully established relationships with key State and Federal regulatory funding agencies, including the Westchester County Department of Social Services.
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Open Arms – Norvell Brandon joined Lifting Up Westchester as Shelter Services Manager for the Open Arms Men’s Shelter in 2012. Interestingly, Mr. Brandon started his career at Open Arms in 1988 as a Client Care Supervisor. He later spent 20 years working for Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc., first as the Director of the New Rochelle Men’s Shelter and then as the Area Director of the New Rochelle Community Action Program.
Samaritan House— Deborah Williams assumed the role of Assistant Director at Samaritan House in 2008 after working as a client care worker at Lifting Up Westchester’s Open Arms Men’s Shelter for two years. In 2011, Ms. Williams was also given responsibility for supervising Grace’s Kitchen at Lifting Up Westchester. Prior to joining our organization, Ms. Williams worked as a homeless outreach case manager at Human Development Services (HDSW) in Mamaroneck, where she provided community outreach and conducted mental health screening. Ms. Williams earned her B.A. from the College of New Rochelle and is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Rainbow Outreach— Ada Raiford has been employed by Lifting Up Westchester for 18 years, and for the past seven years, as a Shift Supervisor/Senior Client Care worker at the Open Arms Men’s Shelter. Ada has many years of Social Service training in substance abuse, mental health, crisis intervention, case management documentation and non-profit time management. As Director of our Drop-In Center, Ada draws upon her extensive background as a volunteer with developmentally disabled individuals.
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Soup Kitchen— Deborah Williams assumed the role of Assistant Director at Samaritan House Women’s Shelter in 2008, after working as a client care worker at Lifting Up Westchester’s Open Arms Men’s Shelter for two years. In 2011, Ms. Williams was also given responsibility for supervising Grace’s Kitchen. Prior to joining Lifting Up Westchester, Ms. Williams worked as a homeless outreach case manager at Human Development Services (HDSW) in Mamaroneck, where she provided community outreach and conducted mental health screening. Ms. Williams earned her B.A. from the College of New Rochelle and is currently working towards a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Brighter Futures Summer Day Camp & Mentoring Programs— Eileen Torres is a certified Social Worker (LCSW) who has practiced in the Yonkers School System for over 20 years. She has coached basketball and softball in the Yonkers and Mamaroneck (NY) school systems and is active in Special Olympics. Eileen has been Director of the Summer Day Camp program since 1992 and Director of the After-School Mentoring Program since 2002.