Michigan's AmeriCorps Site Supervisor of the Month

MI AmeriCorps Site Supervisor of the Month - August 2019: Sama Harp, MI Campaign to End Homelessness

Sama Harp is the program supervisor of Children and Family Services for Macomb Community Action at the South Action Center. She is also a site supervisor for the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness AmeriCorps program.

The Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness is a statewide AmeriCorps program serving individuals experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. The focus of the program is to provide direct, targeted services to those in need to assist them with obtaining and maintaining safe, affordable housing and to increase self-sufficiency in the areas of income, life skills, and employment.

Sama’s experience runs deep. Prior to her employment at Macomb Community Action, Sama worked for several years on a variety of housing stability programs at a nonprofit agency. She also has a background in real estate, which provides her with valuable knowledge that informs her work around housing. When Sama first joined Macomb Community Action in 2014, she was working as the program supervisor for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, assisting veterans and their families who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to become stably housed. This program was very successful under Sama's guidance and support.

“Sama's passion for impacting her community, preventing, and eventually ending homelessness, and educating clients about their rights as renters makes her stand out as a wonderful person to work with,” stated AmeriCorps member Kate Smith, who serves at Macomb Community Action under Sama’s supervision. “She is always imparting her knowledge and wisdom on me, as well as others in the office.”

Sama is a first time AmeriCorps site supervisor and has fully embraced this new role. She understands the value of national service and the impact it can have on the communities served. Sama meets regularly with Kate to discuss and reflect on her service and experience. She also recognizes the importance of professional development during a member’s term of service and has helped identify various training opportunities throughout the year. These opportunities have allowed Kate to gain a better understanding of the world of homelessness, learn how different organizations make an impact, and help her prepare for a career in social work.

For more information about the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness AmeriCorps program, click here. For more information about AmeriCorps, go to www.americorps.gov.