Hope Pavich, Executive Director
Hope Pavich is the Executive Director for Care For Friends and has dedicated her career to working in the Chicago nonprofit sector. Prior to Care For Friends, Hope worked as a Program Director at Greenheart Travel, where she was responsible for the oversight, growth and development of international youth programs.
As a Program Coordinator at Vietnamese Migrant Workers and Brides Office, Hope worked with partner organizations and government officials to research, develop and facilitate recreational programs for victims of human trafficking in shelters and detention centers.
Her interest in working with Chicago communities began when she first started working at the Marriott Foundation. With them, she worked with Chicago Public Schools, Chicago employers, and inner-city youth, as well as conducted client recruitment and managed the WIA grant database.
She is excited to return to Chicago focused programs, while working with the City's most vulnerable.
Hope received her Bachelor's degree (BA) from St. Norbert College (2004), and her Masters degree (MA) from the School for International Training (2010) with a concentration in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management.
Bessana Kendig, Volunteer Coordinator
With strong enthusiasm for community engagement, a background in community service, and a passion for working with people, Bessana Kendig manages all of the volunteer activities it takes for Care For Friends to deliver services to Chicago's homeless each day.
A recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago. Bessana has been an avid volunteer since her high schools days serving the homeless in Denver.
With additional skills as a writer and artist, Bessana is also a part time afterschool educator at Lowell Elementary and Ravenswood Elementary schools.