Lisa Giffin, who is the director of Homeless Programs, was named Outstanding Advocate of the Year by the Texas Homeless Network, at their annual conference Sept 27.
She received the award because of the work she has done for the homeless and others before, during and after Hurricane Harvey.
Before the storm, she and her team visited homeless camps, street corners and other places to make sure our homeless neighbors knew about the evacuation order, knew there was a shelter to go to and helped with transportation.
As soon as the winds subsided, she was back on the streets, checking on everyone, including our clients. She delivered water, food and flashlights as needed. She also sheltered many family members and friends in her home for the next two to three weeks, all while tending to the needs of the homeless in our community.
She already had the respect of her co-workers, which is now shared by her colleagues at the state level.