We Provide Transitional Housing for Women and Their Children
Christina’s House was designed to provide transitional housing for women and their children but more importantly to offer and provide emotional, spiritual, physical support, and education as they transition from homelessness to permanent, stable living environments. Unique to Christina’s House is that each woman will work with their own volunteer mentor. The mentors will guide and offer encouragement to the mothers as they navigate their way from homelessness to providing for themselves and their children in a stable home environment.
Our Board of Directors is diverse and comprised of a local pastor, nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, company presidents, homemakers, social worker, insurance adjuster, and former teenage mother. The board facilitates the day to day running of a home large enough to accommodate 4-6 mothers who are homeless (or those at risk of imminent homelessness) and their children. The women who reside in this home are responsible for maintaining the home while working with their mentors and volunteers. Cooking, cleaning, shopping, and childcare are shared. An on-site couple helps oversee the day-to-day operation of the home and function as role models within the home. Within the program design, it is anticipated that the families will reside in the home for at least 24 months. In that time we expect the mothers to obtain the life and job skills needed which will result in confidence and self-sufficiency. Once the women transition out of Christina’s House their mentors will continue to provide long-term support.
Many women and children in the Springfield area go without housing on a daily basis. Children have no place to call home and no place to feel safe. The lives of these little ones are forever changed; their nutrition suffers putting them at risk for health concerns and their psychological health may be damaged. The voices of those little ones called out to us for help.
Meet Our Team
Founder and President
Linda graduated from Regents College with A.D in nursing and Lesley University in Cambridge with Bachelor of Science. She worked at Baystate Medical Center for over 35 years retiring in August of 2011. While at BMC Linda managed two nursing units and was responsible for the planning and implementation of those units. Her team won several national awards for patient satisfaction from Professional Research Consultants. In 2005 she co-founded New Hope Community Health Clinic. New Hope a free clinic treated over 1000 patients. Linda served on the Board of Directors since 2005 and served four terms as president. She has been on eight medical Mission teams serving with World Gospel Outreach in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Linda has two children and four grandchildren. She attends Cottage Hill Church
David W. Willoughby
Mr. Willoughby has had a successful business career as a consultant, as a senior executive of a Fortune 100 Corporation, and as an entrepreneur responsible for founding and leading the development of three successful private companies. Mr. Willoughby began his business career in 1969 at the consulting firm of Booz, Allen and Hamilton, joining as a junior consultant and rising to the position of Vice President (Partner) in the computer systems and financial management services divisions. In 1975, Mr. Willoughby joined Citibank as a Vice President, later Senior Vice President and Division Head, in the Operating Group. Beginning in 1981, Mr. Willoughby founded and acted as the CEO of three startup companies that were developed to the point of profitability and prominence in target markets, then sold to large multinational corporations. In Mr. Willoughby’s last business venture, he founded Output Technologies, Inc. (OTI), and led its development into the leading provider of data processing, internet customer communication and customer mail printing and processing services to mutual funds, securities brokers and other wealth management entities. Since his retirement in 2002, Mr. Willoughby has invested in and directed development stage companies and developed land.
Keith graduated from Smith College School of Social Work in 2002. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Keith has worked in Human Services for over 16 years. He is currently a senior program manager at Behavioral Health Network. Keith is a partner with The City Church. Keith loves sports and volunteers as a coach for his son’s baseball team. He lives in Wilbraham with his wife Shannon and their two children.
Brent Monticue was born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachians with his father, a pastor in the Churches of God General Conference, his mom, a speech and language pathologist for the local public school system, and his younger sister. He attended college at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA where he received a BS in Sports Management and met his best friend and lovely wife, Krystle VanWingerden. The two married in December of 2005 and remained in Virginia until September of 2006 while he worked as the ticketing sales manager for the Lynchburg Hillcats Single A baseball team. The two moved to Somers, CT, Krystle’s hometown, to begin working with her family’s commercial greenhouse business Grower Direct Farms and has, since then, become a part owner of the company. Today, Brent and Krystle have 4 children (Colin 8, Makenzie 7, Caden 5, and Jack 4). His family met Linda and Shannon Mumblo in 2008 while attending the same church and has been attending The City Church on Taylor St. in Springfield for 6 years. He is looking forward to the chance to expand his service to the Springfield City area beyond the walls of The City Church by working closer with Christina’s House.
Shannon graduated from Smith College of Social Work with a Masters Degree in 2002. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). In 2007 she graduated from American International College with Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She worked at Baystate Medical Center as a Registered Nurse and as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Nursing at American International College. Shannon started A new track in her career and is now an account executive in marketing and business development at WWLP-22 News. Shannon has been a partner at The City Church for approximately 6 years. She is very active in the community and lives in Wilbraham with her husband Keith and their two children Evan and Abigail.
Sgt. John Delaney
I have been a police officer for the City of Springfield, Massachusetts for the past 35 years. I have been a Supervisor in the department for 22 years with many successful assignments. My background as an investigator, administrator, instructor, first assistant to the Police Commissioner and Public Information Officer in the Criminal Justice field is second to none. I have a proven history of success no matter the assignment at task. I am Married to Gabriela Jimenez Delaney and have four children – Kaitlyn – 28, Bridget – 23, Molly – 23 and Jack – age 11.
Mike grew up the in local area and attends Pilgrim Covenant Church in Granby CT with his wife, they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Mike has been in sales/sales management in the hardware building materials industry for 30+ years both in USA and Canada with GE and Stanley Hardware. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Cromwell Children’s Home. He has also been involved with World Gospel Outreach for a number of years and has led 16 medical mission trips to Tegucigalpa Honduras providing free medical dental and eye care as well as pouring concrete floors in homes in the barrios.
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Our Success Stories
Shirley's Success Story
Prior to coming to Christina's House Shirley was living in a doubled up situation with her two children and was faced with many obstacles. Shirley had no job, no car, and no savings. Within 3 months of arriving at Christina's House Shirley had a secure job and was able to create a savings account. She leased a car and began to pay down her debt. Within 9 months Shirley raised her credit score enough to apply for a home with Habitat for Humanity. Shirley and her two children left Christina's House in December and were able to move into her new home in February.
April's Success Story
April’s journey at Christina's House was fought with many challenges. Her credit score was low and her debt was climbing. When we first met April she was living with her son in her car and had little hope for a future. Within a month we were able to reinstate her Nursing Assistant certificate and help her to create a resume. April quickly found a job and her life had begun to change. April and her son both accepted Christ and she is now debt free and armed with the skills she learned at Christina's House. April is on her way to creating a new path in life.
Jasmain's Success Story
Jasmain was living with her young son in her car prior to moving into Christina's House. Jasmain’s time at Christina's House was well spent. She always worked but did not make enough money to support her and her son. She decided she wanted a new career one that could support her. She applied as a Corrections Officer and graduated from the Academy, her determination and drive were evident. She was able to pay down over $10,000 of her debt and saved enough for her own apartment. She is now saving to purchase a home within the next two years.
38 Madison Avenue
Springfield, MA 01105
P: (413) 271-2105