HomeRise’s Diversity,
Equity & Inclusion (DEI) council

Mission Statement

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) council will lead with empathy and compassion to serve as a change-agent, creating meaningful strategies and innovative programs that enhance DEI at HomeRise and ensure alignment with the values of HomeRise

The DEI Council is committed to creating a more equitable workforce culture through these Values:

Collaboration and Partnership

Invest in career development and our mutual success, give equity of voice to the needs of the residents, and communicate across departments to remove barriers.


Making sure people are paid and treated well, seeing people’s value and their humanity, understand and honor the needs of those on the frontlines, evaluate our partnerships to ensure that we partner with organizations that align with our values, dignity is not sacrificed at the expense of the bottom line.


We invest in the growth of our people in HomeRise and beyond, embracing the growth mindset to learn from our mistakes, we are not the mistakes; we focus on what we can learn from others.


Speak and advocate from our own experience, moves us from talking about the problems to acting on them, and ensuring that we give people the means to save themselves, we are not the saviors.


We see and work with our community and peers, working at HomeRise isn’t a career step or “job”, it is about people and their lives, a degree isn’t always the best indicator for job fit.

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Jahnae Jones (she/her) Case Manager

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I have been with HomeRise for 3 years working as a Case Manager on Treasure Island. I joined the DEI Council to use this opportunity to acknowledge inequality and dedicate my time into putting equitable policies in place for the employees to thrive.

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Anthony Stithz (he/him) RS Counselor

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I have been an employee of HomeRise for 7 years as an RSC at the Zygmunt Arendt House (ZAH).
I joined the DEI council because I want to be a catalyst for change and equity for all employees. I have seen many inequities that HomeRise line staff endured. My goal is to
ensure that our company is accountable to its residents and staff. I hope to see HomeRise become a trendsetter & leading agency as a beacon of what a healthy, vibrant, equitable and just workplace looks like.

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Louie Dunn (he/him) Roving Janitor

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I have been employed by Homerise for 4 years as a janitor. I am a member of the DEI council, and I am here to create an inspiring workforce with all staff, including my direct co-workers. I want all the tenants to have a voice because they are the ones who motivate me to show up for work each and

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Clayton Winfrey (he/him) Operations

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I have been part of the Housing Operation Department on the Facilities team for five years as maintenance Operation Manager (MOM). I joined the Council to become a voice for employees throughout the organization and to create a solid work environment that all employees are happy to work in/for.

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Mia Robinson (she/her) Lead Desk Clerk

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I’m a Lead Desk clerk here at HomeRise and the Union President for our Union staff at HomeRise. I’ve been working at Home Rise since 2015. I wear many hats being a desk clerk I’m a counselor, security guard, Property Manager as well. Keeping my tenants safe and building secure is a top priority. I enjoy working with the tenants at my building and my building staff. I sleep well at night knowing I made a difference in someone who is less fortunate in their life.

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Thomas Varner (he/him) Clinical Case Manager

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For over 3 years I have served as Roving Clinical Case Manager for 4 buildings and now a member of DEI Counsel to continue to further educate myself and encourage further development within the organization to provide awareness, motivation and next steps supporting diversity, equity and inclusion

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