Meet the Staff
Adina RowanFounder & President - 4/1/2018
Adina Rowan is the founder of You Are Worth It Foundation. It started when Adina volunteered in March of 2018 to hand out food to people in North Philadelphia this experience would forever alter her perspective, after a sleepless night she knew something had to he done. Haunted by the words of someone she spoke with who had lost hope and felt unloved. Adina felt an urgency to make sure people she came in contact with would know someone cared about them and that they were worth more then their current situation. Creating YAWI to inspire others to take an initiative and to end the stigma behind homelessness and addiction. YAWI has become so much more and we are excitied to see what the future holds.
Brittany SalernoHarm Reduction Coordinator - 4/1/2018
As the harm reduction coordinator, Brittany ensures both the team and the supporters of YAWI are informed on the current climate of the drug crisis and are well equipped with Narcan and other Harm reduction staples. She will soon be pursuing her Masters of Public Health with a focus in Health Policy, to further her career objectives in community health research making effective change on a macro level.
Katie DoughertyOutreach Coordinator & Volunteer - 4/1/2018
Katie has been volunteering with YAWI since its founding in April of 2018. Passionate about making a difference in our community, she has helped both the Center City and Kensington teams achieve successful outreach efforts. As an avid writer, Katie has also helped spread awareness of the current drug crisis and promote recovery through sharing the stories of people she has met through this volunteer work.
Chris BrickhouseCenter City Coordinator - 7/1/2018
Chris has been volunteering since 2018 and helps head up the Center City operation along with Salena Roskos. They have managed to hand out thousands of food items, brand new as well as used clothing to the homeless population around City Hall and Suburban Station. We have made great inroads in trust with the people as well as attempting to implement long term solutions as well as the short term needs of food and clothing.
Salena RoskosCenter City Coordinator - 7/2/2018
Salena is instrumental in helping plan and complete Center City outreach. Her role as a business owner allows her to source donations which are invaluable in our operations, as well as putting in the hard work of packing cars, setting up tables as well as passionately connecting with our in-need clients on a personal level, gaining trust and obtaining their personal needs.
Dennis HannanVolunteer - 6/10/2019
Dennis joined YAWI in 2018 and has been active doing volunteer work in Kensington and with The Last Stop. He makes many appearances as "Elvis" for us and for many other charities. Dennis is grateful for the opportunities YAWI offers him to give back.
Brian OplingerVolunteer - 6/11/2019
The You Are Worth It Foundation inspires hope to individuals living with adversity by treating each of those served with compassion, empathy and respect. We strive to instill dignity through each connection we make, be it through outreach events, donation drives and/or peer support. By servicing the specific needs of an individual or a community at large, the You Are Worth It Foundation acts as a pillar of support, motivating and inspiring others to build a bridge of understanding and connection across communities.
Community Outreach: Through this, we properly assess the specific needs of residents. We have built a system of support through our social media presence, that inspires other communities to contribute to whatever call of needs we may be looking for. We hope to continue to build our audience and reach through informative content, and accessible options to give back.
Community Support: We have initiated a movement, titled the “I am You and You could be Me” initiative. Any persons who has experienced something that is commonly misunderstood within society, has been invited to share their story, whether through video, or anonymous text. This movement has created a bridge of understanding across many issues that are not often discussed. Issues like: being in recovery, being in active addiction, overcoming the loss of a loved one, living with mental health issues.
Community Building: As we grow and evolve, we continue to network and build. We want to extend our arms to any resource program that we feel aligns with our moral code. We believe there is strength in numbers, and know that not every need will always be something we may be able to meet right away. By having our own network of support, we can have a family of support for those that we service.
- We work tirelessly if an individual we meet is looking for treatment for substance abuse. We connect within our own network and delegate support for that individual, so they are encouraged and receive positive reinforcement for the decision to seek help. We plan to continue this, and grow a network of support for those who are in special need of extra hope
- As we grow, we want to delegate different teams, to ensure we are well rounded. We plan to have a drug and alcohol stem; which is built on the foundation of spreading knowledge and resources of harm reduction and supportive services for both active users, those in recovery and families that are affected.We plan to have a localized school stem, that focuses on families in need of support to provide for their children throughout the school year. We also plan to partner with community organizations that help families during the holidays, through an “Adopt a Family” initiative for both Christmas and Thanksgiving. We also will work closely with local food pantries, delegating any of our extra food donations to centers that can utilize them.
- We don’t forget where we came from. As Spring-Ford and Phoenixville alumni, we hope to branch the You Are Worth It Foundation into the schools, specifically through organizing a club at the middle school and high school level. We notice that a large fraction of the people we serve today, lacked support at a fundamental age. By showing students the power of outreach and compassion, it encourages them to utilize those tools in life. We specifically hope to target students that fall within the margins, through a possible referral program.