Jenna Esteves, Peer Networking Center Specialist
Jenna Esteves began working with oppressed populations in Florida in 2010. She began her journey in helping others at the age of 13. Jenna volunteered in soup kitchens and visited local churches of different denominations to meet people in need and to learn about different cultures in her community. In 2010, she began working as a PCT in a hospital, caring for elderly and patients with HIV, cancer, heart disease and psychiatric illness. She also was a pre-school teacher for children with behavioral needs. During this time, Jenna had the pleasure of working with a mentor to study philosophy with an admiral who worked alongside, Mother Theresa. Jenna moved back to her hometown in New York and began to work as a Case Manager for the homeless population as well as a Program Director of a Domestic Violence agency. In 2014, she also became an active participant in Street Outreach, seeking individuals in need of services and was nominated for “The Unsung Hero Award” presented by the Long Island Coalition. She is currently a graduate student of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University and plans to grow with HALI and their visions. As a peer herself, she is Reiki certified and believes in a holistic and spiritual approach while living in recovery.
"Hospitalizations are no longer an option for me. I choose to be well and live."
- Palma R.
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