Week of October 4th
Marta Bus Driver
They have had to work throughout this pandemic without hazardous pay, more than 100 drivers being diagnosed with COVID-19, all the while grieving the loss of his mother six weeks ago.
Week of September 27th
Chante Meadows has made tackling mental health stigma and the promotion of mental health understanding a priority during the pandemic. Chante, as owner of Meadows Counseling Group, quickly pivoted her practice to meet the needs of clients through virtual outreach so their personal heath remained stabilized during this great uncertainty. Chante is also a full time community lecturer at The Ohio State University where she helps to educate new professionals in her field on issues of diversity and care for the whole person. Chante continues to provide numerous trainings and insights around the topics of mental health including a Tedx talk entitled “Changing the View of Mental Health in Our Community”. For her efforts, Chante was recognized as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Ohio Chapter 2019 Social Worker of the Year.
Week of September 20th
Tiffany Williams Roberts
Tiffany has served as a mentor, professor, and leader within the community of Atlanta for as long as I can remember. She has practiced law, organized bailouts, social justice events and protest within the city of Atlanta and beyond; and is a proud member of The Movement for Black Lives. She has truly dedicated her day to day life to helping those impacted by the social justice system regardless the color of their skin, religious background, or gender. She truly believes that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, and the amount of lives she has impacted throughout the country truly makes her a #HometownHero
Week of September 13th
Los Angeles, CA
David has devoted countless hours as Captain of a Red Cross Disaster Action Team( DAT) that responds to residential home and apartment fires providing emergency lodging, financial assistance, leading responders on-scene on his nights off work. He served as Shelter Supervisor for 3 California Wildfires, Canteen Lead on-site for Newhall Pass Tunnel Explosion & Metrolink Train Derailment, Casework Team for Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Operation (DRO) (4 weeks) & Hurricane Rita (3 weeks) and 2017 Louisiana Floods DRO Casework Team, 2018 California Floods Shelter Supervisor in Sun Valley, CA., 2019 DAT Supervisor on the Bug Bomb Explosion Response & Getty Fire Shelter Supervisor. In addition, he is a Red Cross Youth District Youth Advisor mentoring youth and as a Youth First Aid Team Supervisor where he ensures youth age 16-18 are trained in Emergency Medical Response, CPR for Professional Rescue and youth age 17 to become Emergency Medical Responders and he supervises them on Red Cross First Aid Teams. In addition to DAT Captain during COVID-19 he has become a Public Affairs Officer and Public Information Officer and provided more than 370 hours worked as Red Cross Media Hotline Officer. David was recently at work with the US Department of Homeland Security as an Immigration Services Officer when he was rushed by ambulance during work when a virus entered his Pericardium outer lining of the heart and he could not breathe. He was in recovery for close to 2 weeks. We’re amazed he recovered so fast. Thanks to amazing doctors he is back with us. We want him to take it easy and take a break from volunteering during COVID-19. We already had a big scare with David. He’s supposed to rest and take it easy but, he feels such a strong dedication to help his community during COVID-19 that he is going back to Red Cross and next week he will be back as a Public Information Officer with Disaster Public Affairs and next month after he’s medically cleared, back on duty as Captain of a Disaster Team. He is my hero and I would like him to be recognized for all he does to help people.
Week of September 6th
Briana Coakley recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work and immediately was hired in her current position. Shortly after starting that job the pandemic hit. It was not respective of who it affected and those working in the medical field still had to press forward. Briana had to continue her visits with patients already suffering from mental, social and/or physical ailments. COVID 19 added an additional stress to those patients. She did so without complaint or hesitation. I salute Briana as well as the countless others who were selfless during this time.
Week of August 30th
“Josh is truly a light that shines bright throughout the community. In our community you never hear young/older teens display interest in being a firefighter or police officer. Josh is showing the youth that you can come from where we come from, be perceived as “cool”, and still want to be these things. We’ve experienced a lot of tragedy on south side over the past few years and knowing that one of our very own is on the direct front line to help make a change and impact lives speaks volumes and touches us all very dearly. I can speak on behalf of the entire community and say that we are extremely proud of Josh for all he has done so far. He truly is one of our hometown heroes!”