WARREN - Beatitude House of Trumbull County named Keshia Smith, a North Bloomfield native, as the new site director.
Smith started her duties this month at the Trumbull site and has found it the job she loves.
Beatitude House, sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, is committed to disadvantaged women and children. Beatitude House aims to help women by creating homes, providing educational opportunities and fostering healthy families to help them transform their lives.
"Our goal in the Warren community is to increase Beatitude House's collaboration with other agency partners to better serve our clients and get referrals from them that are appropriate for the services provided at our site,'' Smith said.
It is about creating a community in Warren and helping to empower families to achieve goals that they thought they could not achieve, she said.
As site director, Smith will oversee day-to-day operations and oversee staff, which includes a child advocate, case manager, secretary and resident monitor.
Julia Pisansky, development associate for Beatitude House, said it is important to get the word out that Beatitude House is located 1370 Tod Ave. in Warren. There are two other Beatitude sites in Mahoning and Ashtabula counties.
Pisansky said Beatitude House helps disadvantaged women and children who are homeless helping them with transitioning into permanent housing, case management services, child advocacy services and counseling group work.
Permanent supportive housing was opened at the Warren YWCA in connection with Coleman Professional Services and the YWCA and Beatitude House, she said.
Smith said the women coming to Beatitude House are mainly from domestic violence situations and referred from homeless shelters. Beatitude House has 13 apartments with 12 for families and one for single women.
Smith received her bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in social work, both from Youngstown State University.
"I was assigned to the Warren site as an intern and became familiar with the mission of Beatitude House and realized this was something that I most wanted to be a part of," she said.
She was employed as a case manager at the Youngstown site for two years and the opening became available at the Warren site.
Smith said there is a waiting list for the Beatitude House services that is constantly full.
Pisansky said the Cornerstone annual dinner will be held in October at DiVieste's in Warren recognizing the donors who gave $1,000 or more during the fiscal year. She said the donors get to meet the families who they have helped and celebrate their accomplishments made by the women and children in the past year.
The Warren location opened in 2002 serving seven families, and in 2009 expanded to help 13 families. The Ashtabula County site opened in 2012.