passion to serve
homeless at SJC
Please welcome Andrea Redden, the newest member of Team St. John.
As the Samaritan Housing Case Manager she is responsible for finding and maintaining permanent supportive housing, providing life skills classes for clients, and assisting at the shelter. Andrea is currently working with 18 clients.
Andrea comes to SJC from Centerstone (formerly Seven Counties Services) where she had been since 2015. In 2017 she began working with the homeless as a member of the CABHI (Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals) team.
“I had been thinking of working with homeless individuals for quite a while and was thrilled at the opportunity to work with this population. I soon discovered it was my passion and what I was meant to be doing.”
As a Case Manager at Centerstone, Andrea worked closely with the St John Center staff to find housing for several clients. “The warm reception I received from St John Center staff and volunteers was above and beyond. I could sense how much the staff truly cared for the guests and the environment here at St. John Center was one of compassion. I knew I wanted to be part of such an awesome team.”
A small town girl, Andrea was born and raised in Butler, KY where her family owned and operated a 50-acre farm. Cattle was the primary product, but at different times they raised sheep, rabbits, turkey, chickens, and pigs. They also had a big garden from which they would freeze and can fruits and vegetables.
Andrea holds a degree in Psychology from Western Kentucky University and an associate in Nursing (RN) degree from Jefferson Community & Technical College. She has 23 years’ experience in the psychiatric field.
Her son, a senior at the University of Kentucky, will be pursuing a PhD in computer science next fall; and her daughter, a senior at Atherton High School, plans to study physical therapy at JCTC.
When she is not at work, Andrea spends most of her time with family, but also enjoys reading, playing the piano, and traveling. She also loves music and attends numerous concerts and live performances.