Brenda has been a resident of Alachua County for more than 10 years. During that time, she has worked at several non-profits in the community to help those that are less fortunate. She currently works as the Director of the HMIS database for the North Central Florida Alliance for the Homeless and Hungry Continuum of Care.
Hometown: The Navy, my Dad was in the Navy for 23 years and we moved around a lot.
My emoji is a cat and the funny thing is I am a total dog person and I am allergic to cats. The reason I choose the cat emoji is because of the cat stick figure back in the Great Depression. To cope with the difficulty of such a lifestyle, Hobos developed a system of symbols, or a code. The cat symbol in particular represents “Homeless friendly." They would write codes like this with chalk or coal to provide directions, information, and warnings to other in a similar situation. Some signs included "turn right here," "beware of hostile railroad police," "dangerous dog," "food available here," and so on.
Why I do this work: This is my way of being a part of the solution to help end homelessness and make it rare, brief and non-reoccurring.
Contact me at BChamberlain@unitedwayncfl.org.