Meet Our Volunteers

Eden's Superstar Volunteers

We are so proud of the volunteers who choose to give their time to our affordable communities and residents. If you're interested in volunteering with Eden, please go to Volunteer with Eden Housing.

Below is Eden Housing's Volunteer of the Month

Name: Jonathan Carey

Program: Eden Savers Financial Coaching

Why did you chose to volunteer with Eden Housing as a financial coach? To survive the normal business ups and downs of life as an entrepreneur with an unsteady salary, I have needed to learn and practice sound long-term financial planning. With so much income and wealth inequality in the Bay Area, I looked for ways to share what I have learned with others who needed to steady their financial lives. When I saw the Eden Housing financial coach volunteer opportunity, I applied immediately.

What have you done as a volunteer?  Please describe your role and what you have worked on.  I have coached two clients so far. In both cases, I listened to how my clients described their goals, strengths and challenges. Without any agenda of my own, together, we explored a number of possible goals for them to focus on within the context of this program. Once we found a goal they wanted to work on, we discussed the attitudes, behaviors and actions that got them to the present, and explored whether any might need to be adjusted in order to move ahead.

What have you learned through your volunteer experience?  Have there been any surprises?  My clients want a better life for themselves and their children. Eden provides them with a sanctuary from exorbitant housing costs and a chance to sustain their financial health during their peak (single) parenting years. Neither of my clients make enough money to afford market-priced housing market - without abandoning their children. Both clients were open to being coached in order to learn how to prepare themselves to be in a position to create a better future for their children and themselves.

What do you like best about volunteering with Eden Housing? The opportunity to help others make progress in all aspects of their lives. Finance is the focus, but usually other areas like relationships become part of our discussion.

Are there any tips that you would share for someone else who is considering volunteering? Be a good listener and leave your agenda at home. Instead of offering advice, try to ask good, open-ended questions that get your clients to think more deeply about their attitudes, behaviors and actions. To build trust, I sometimes share relevant and relatable personal stories about my own financial past, including obstacles and actions I took to achieve my goals. Eden Housing's financial coach training was very helpful. I learned how our job as coach is to help clients see beyond their current situation and encourage them to overcome obstacles blocking progress. Our job is not to fix their problems for them, no matter how tempting.

Tell us something we may not know about you. Any interesting facts you’d like to share about your life? I have a deep interest in forgotten foods. I ferment, culture and sprout all kinds of grains, legumes, vegetables and milk into delicious (to me) foods that were popular in ancestral diets in the past. Modern foods may be faster and more convenient, but our ancestors knew how to keep their health before refrigeration and markets existed.

If you're interested in volunteering with Eden, please go to Volunteer with Eden Housing.

Past Volunteers of the Month:


       Gayle Nygaard - July 2019

   Wexford Way, Dublin

Junghwa An - June 2019 Diane Feingersh - May 2019
Belle Terre, Lafayette Eden Issei Terrace, Hayward
Sana Ansari - April 2019 Stephanie Noel - March 2019
Owl's Landing, Livermore Vandenburgh Villa, Livermore
Leonardo Leal - February 2019 Susan Schroeder - January 2019
801 Alma, Palo Alto The Altenheim, Oakland
Michael Beamer - December 2018 Kim Doan-Lum - November 2018
West Rivertown, Antioch Wexford Way, Dublin
Saniya Shah - October 2018 Neha Kar - September 2018
Wicklow Square, Dublin Cambrian Center & Casa De Los Amigos, San Jose
Ankita Nayak - August 2018 Jeff Loehr - July 2018
Wexford Way, Dublin Monteverde, Orinda and Belle Terre, Lafayette
Alison Shirey - June 2018 Shante Garner - May 2018
Multiple Sites Chesley Mutual, Richmond
Kaavya Shanmugam - April 2018 Thomas Ho - March 2018
Carlow Court, Dublin Vandenburgh Villa, Livermore
Joanne Ikeda - February 2018 Juanita Miteff - January 2018
Eden Lodge, San Leandro Belle Terre, Lafayette
Alannah Bonalos- November 2017 Roy Lin - December 2017
Cranes Landing, Lodi Carlow Court, Dublin
Maggie Fukuda - October 2017 Jessica Cao - September 2017
Hayward Senior Apartments, Hayward Eden Palms, San Jose
Prakash Narasimhalu - August 2017 Josh Roth - July 2017
Financial Opportunity Corps Warner Creek, Novato, CA
Surendra Yadav - June 2017 Delleen LeVeau - May 2017
Financial Opportunity Corps Monteverde, Orinda, CA

Nelson Palacios - April 2017 Laura Mercy - March 2017
Tennyson Gardens, Hayward, CA Tennyson Gardens, Hayward, CA
Marcia Leitner - February 2017 Monique Chancellor - January 2017
The Altenheim, Oakland, CA Ashland Village, San Leandro, CA
Anshuman Chakravorty - December 2016 Jean McGranahan - November 2016
Eden Lodge, San Leandro, CA Monteverde Senior Apartments, Orinda, CA


For more information on how to become a volunteer or to attend a volunteer orientation, please email or call (510) 247-8102

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