Each month, we will be highlighting the amazing staff we have here at Housing Up. This month, we sat down with Resident Services Assistant Anne-Myriam Adrien to talk about life at Housing Up and her goals for the year.
Tell us a little about yourself
I was born in Haiti but grew up right outside of D.C. in Maryland. I attended undergrad in France at the American University of Paris and I went to the University of Cape Town in South Africa for a semester. Before Housing Up, I completed an Americorps service year at the anti-poverty non-profit, LIFT-DC where I worked with low-income D.C. residents to help them achieve their goals. It wasn’t until I lived in D.C. after college that I was able to really understand the city and fall in-love with it.
What interested you most about Housing Up?
It was really impressive to me that Housing Up not only provides housing, but also vast social services. In my work, I love connecting with people and providing direct-service and planning events, but I am also interested in learning more about affordable housing development which is what really drew me to Housing Up.
What are your goals for this year, both personally (e.g., any fun plans/resolutions/etc.) and professionally?
My personal goal is to learn Spanish and keep-up with my French! Professionally, I want to build a very intentional tutoring program for the kids and create relationships with more adult residents to increase my one-on-one case management services.
What’s your favorite thing to do in DC?
My favorite thing to do in D.C. is to picnic at Malcolm X park and constantly try new restaurants.