Meet The Staff

October Allen, Executive Director

(218) 341-7699, october@graceplacehousingsupport.com

What do you do as the Executive Director?

As Executive Director I oversee and provide support for all areas of our Long-Term Homeless Housing program. I strive to ensure quality of service and create meaningful experiences for the women who live in our homes. I also connect with community members and providers to enhance the lives of our participants.

What inspired you to do the work that you do?

There is a saying, "Be who you needed when you were younger."  I want to be that for the ladies in Grace Place. I want to be who I needed when I was in their shoes.

Some fun facts about you.

  • I am the first person ever in the history of my family to graduate college.
  • The girls in my family are named after the month they are born in.
  • My German Shepard's name is Shane. 
  • I love sushi.
  • I feel peace when I am on a prayer walk with my husband.

Emily Mack, LSW, Program Director

(715) 919-0748, emily@graceplacehousingsupport.com

What do you do?

In my position at Grace Place, I provide support to our Executive Director to ensure things operate smoothly. I also spend time connecting individuals in our program to resources, encourage community connection, and guide the Grace Place community in developing supports. As the Program Director I also provide support for students in their internship placement and lead our program development. I love building connections and helping people reach their goals.

What inspired you to do the work you do?

When the first Grace Place location opened in 2018, I began consistently volunteering. After a few years I was hired on as part of the Grace Place team. Working with individuals who have not only experienced homelessness, addiction, and mental illness but have also experienced incarceration and other systemic challenges has been life altering for me. Every day I show up and am amazed by the kindness, resiliency, desire, and strength of the people I support. Working at Grace Place has been one of life's biggest blessings, and I strive to be a blessing to those who are calling Grace Place home.

Some fun facts about you

  • I'm a first-generation college student.
  • My first job was at Culver's.
  • My favorite TV show to binge watch (currently) is Stranger Things and the Office.
  • I love to travel.
  • I love to spend time with my husband and my dog.


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    Cam Abernathy, LADC, Housing and Addiction Specialist

    (914) 434-8945, cam@graceplacehousingsupport.com

    What do you do?


    I help the women at Grace Place achieve their short- and long-term recovery goals and provide addiction education and life skills coaching to all locations. I also conduct house focus groups, assess needs, and provide assistance to utilize community resources/make referrals as needed. Most importantly, I just listen.


    What inspired you to do the work you do?


    Besides my own personal journey in recovery, I believe addiction forces us to address life’s deepest questions with no stone left unturned. I find it profoundly meaningful to help others navigate through that process.
     

    Some fun facts about you

    • I grew up in New York. 
    • I lived in Asia for two years. 
    • I got married at Lutsen resort.
    • I hiked the Himalayas with Sherpas.
    • I was a finalist in major screenplay competition. 
    • My favorite movie is Lord of the Rings. 
    • I have been sober for a decade. 


     

    Tara Voeltz, House Manager

    (218) 391-0577, tara@graceplacehousingsupport.com

    What do you do?

    As the housing manager, I provide direct support to the Grace Place residents. I do this by checking in and ensuring everyone has their basic needs met. I help with transportation, ordering household supplies, and assisting residents in community engagement while also making sure they are following the regulations of the program.

    What inspired you to do the work you do?

    I have always enjoyed helping people. I love seeing people accomplish things they did not think they were capable of. I have similar experiences as some of the Grace Place residents. I believe that I have a good understanding of the struggles they deal with. From my shared experiences and background, I hope to help them through theirs.

    Fun facts.

    • I love spending time with family.
    • My husband and I got married on Park Point.
    • We have one son.
    • I have 3 cats.
    • I love fishing
    • I am the youngest of 5 siblings.

    Looking for an internship with Grace Place? Contact Emily Mack

    (715) 919-0748, emily@graceplacehousingsupport.com