It is only because of our donors that we are able to continue empowering abandoned women and children and widows to keep their families together while they strive for sustainability. Due to our donors generosity, we were recently able to hire new staff members to continue running as well as expand our programs here at the James Place.
We now have 44 local Ugandan staff who operate the James Place on a daily basis!
Assisting them are our international interns serving over the next year.
Meet our long term interns!
Nursing Intern – Lindsey Sletner has joined the team to serve the medical needs of the James Place. She is from Eau Claire, WI and studied at Oral Roberts University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. "I have spent the past two years working in a Burn Critical Care Unit in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Also, I have previously participated in many different mission trips." We are grateful for Lindsey's heart to serve our staff, women, and children's medical needs!
Education Intern - Courtney Erickson will serve with us in our childcare and Preschool department. She's from Snellville, GA and attended Georgia College & State University, graduating with a degree in Middle Grades Education. "I was a student teacher for two years, teaching English and Social Studies to students of all ages and I have also coached a variety of sports at different ages." We are thankful for her and her willingness to teach our little ones!
Education Intern – Katherine Christopher will serve with us in the childcare and English department. She is from Birmingham, AL and attended Auburn University, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education. "I have had experience in the classroom for five years and have worked for a preschool ministry." She instantly created special bonds with the children because of her contagious smile and eager servant’s heart!
Early Childhood Education Intern - Hope Martin will serve with us in the childcare and Preschool department. She is from Brentwood, TN and attended the University of TN Chattanooga, graduating with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Ed (Birth - 3 Education and Special Ed K-12). "I have been teaching in the classroom for 5 years working with both regular and special ed." She has a deep passion for Christ and children, and we are blessed to have her!
Social Work Intern – Alexis Sullivan comes to the James Place with knowledge and organization in social work. She is from Greensboro, NC and attended East Carolina University, graduating with both a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work. "Building relationships is my favorite part of social work. At the James Place, relationships are one of the most important aspects!" Alexis will be working directly with our Ugandan Director of Social Work for 6 months. We are excited to have a young lady that is passionate about loving others and keeping families together!
Preschool & Childcare Intern –Kennedy Petit will serve with us in our childcare and Preschool program. She is from Sullivan's Island, SC and attended Wando High School. She is taking a gap year with us before attending college. "I feel so blessed to be able to serve the beautiful people of Uganda this year. God is doing big things at HEAL, and I am so lucky to be able to be a small part of this incredible place." Kennedy has jumped right into life at the James Place and we are excited to have someone so willing to serve and so eager to love our children!
Preschool & Childcare Intern – Halina Hannon will serve with us in our childcare and Preschool program. She is from Nashville, TN and graduated from The Ensworth School this past May. She is taking a gap year this year and plans to attend college in the fall of 2017. "I am excited for this experience to further my understanding of global and international studies which I hope to pursue in college." Halina is a wonderful addition to our team and we are very grateful that she decided to spend her gap year with us, loving on our children!