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.

914.949.0925   x9726
bbento-fleming@liftingupwestchester.org

Shelter and Homeless Outreach 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.

914.949.0925   x9726
bbento-fleming@liftingupwestchester.org

Open Arms – Jennifer Smart joined Lifting Up Westchester as Shelter Services Manager in 2016. Jennifer started her career in the nonprofit arena working in the mental retardation community helping individuals to advocate for themselves. Later she worked for the New York Foundation under Article 81, Legal Guardianship for individual’s deemed incapacitated by the Supreme Courts throughout the five boroughs of NYC.  There, she helped place individuals into shelters, supportive housing, assisted living and back into the community while taking possession of their person, property and finances.  Before joining Lifting Up Westchester she held a position in the NYC Family & Single dwelling shelters. Jennifer obtained her Bachelors of Arts from The College of New Rochelle and Masters in Counseling from Mercy College.

 914.948.5044
jsmart@liftingupwestchester.org

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, Deborah was also given responsibility for supervising Grace’s Kitchen at Lifting Up Westchester. Prior to joining our organization, Deborah worked as a homeless outreach case manager at Human Development Services (HDSW) in Mamaroneck, where she provided community outreach and conducted mental health screening.  Deborah has a B.A. and Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the College of New Rochelle .

914.948.3075
dwilliams@liftingupwestchester.org

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.

914.948.5044   x 9512
araiford@liftingupwestchester.org

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, Deborah worked as a homeless outreach case manager at Human Development Services (HDSW) in Mamaroneck, where she provided community outreach and conducted mental health screening.  Deborah has a B.A. and Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the College of New Rochelle .

914.948.3075
dwilliams@liftingupwestchester.org

Brighter Futures Summer Day Camp & Mentoring Programs— Eileen Torres is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Bilingual Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Teacher. She has been a Social Worker in the Yonkers School District for more than 30 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 its inception in 2004.

914.420.6265
etpepsi@hotmail.com