We Provide Transitional Housing for Women and Their Children
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.
Christina’s House opened its doors in late 2014 and 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.
God has blessed our mission with 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 participating in educational programs and maintaining the home while working with mentors and volunteers who support them and their children on their journey. Cooking, cleaning, shopping, and childcare are shared. An on-site House Mother helps oversee the day-to-day operation of the home and functions as role model in 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 we will continue to provide long-term support to help ensure continued success.
Meet Our Team
Founder and President
Linda graduated from Regents College with Associates Degree 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.
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 also has experience in marketing and business development through her work at WWLP-22 News. Shannon has been a partner at The City Church for approximately 7 years. She is very active in the community and lives in Wilbraham with her husband Keith and their two children Evan and Abigail.
Jessica earned Associates’ degrees in Accounting and Management from Springfield Technical Community College in 2007. Born and raised in Springfield where she currently resides with her husband Jean-Roudy and their four sons.
Although Jessica has been a stay-at-home mom since 2008 when she left John Hancock’s Central Connecticut Agency to deliver her 3rd son; she has remained very active in the community volunteering her time at her sons school PTO and Sports teams boards/booster clubs, and for over 4 years she has faithfully volunteered at Christina’s House helping in multiple capacities from administrative work and childcare to fundraising. She was baptized in Jesus name in 2005 at the Apostolic Fellowship Church of Jesus Christ in Bloomfield, CT and has been serving the Lord ever since.
David G. Carlson
Dave was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated in 1984 from the Albany Law School of Union University. Dave was admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of Connecticut, and State of Illinois. Dave is a Sole Practitioner concentrating in real estate, elder law, estate planning, and probate of estates for over thirty years. Dave has extensive experience serving on non-profit boards and belongs to several professional affiliations. He and his wife, Arva, have four daughters and currently reside in Wilbraham, Massachusetts.
Sgt. John Delaney
John recently retired as a police officer for the City of Springfield, Massachusetts after 35 years of service. He has now joined the MGM team as Investigations Manager. He was a Supervisor in the police department for 22 years with many successful assignments. John’s 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. He has a proven history of success no matter the assignment at task. John is married to Gabriela Jimenez Delaney and has four children – Kaitlyn, Bridget, Molly, and Jack.
Veronica del Rocio Garcia is the co-host and a producer of Presencia. She is an independent media producer, and she has worked in radio and television for such important networks as Univision. Veronica was an actress in soap operas in her native country Ecuador. When she arrived in the United States, she became the host of a television show Mujer a Mujer in New Haven, CT.
Veronica has been a community leader for many years. She has also done international journalistic work in such countries as Venezuela and Ecuador. She lives a versatile life, being a mother of two boys as well as a business woman.
Mike grew up in the Pioneer Valley and attends Pilgrim Covenant Church in Granby, CT with his wife, Jennifer. Mike has 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.
Chrissy Kiddy lives in Feeding Hills with her husband Rich and their three boys, Brad, Alex, and Will. As the Assistance Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at PeoplesBank Chrissy is fully invested in the betterment of communities, making them safe and healthy places to live and work. She serves on the Board of Directors for Revitalize Community Development Corporation and volunteers for Links to Libraries, Habitat for Humanity, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and Dress For Success Western Massachusetts. Chrissy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bay Path University and is a graduate from the Western New England University Springfield Leadership Institute. She is dedicated to supporting and growing Christina’s House’s mission to provide a home, hope, and healing by educating, embracing and encouraging the families we serve.
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, Makenzie, Caden, and Jack). 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.
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.
Travis earned a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience from University of California: Riverside in 1999. With a father in the United States Air Force, he spent the majority of his childhood overseas living in various countries (Thailand, Germany, Saudi Arabia, etc). He returned to the US in time for highschool, where he met the love of his life, Dr. Summer Williams, at the age of 17. Through God’s guidance and a prayerful woman, he gave his life to Christ in his mid-twenties. He worked for about 10 years as an Area Rental Manager with Enterprise-Rent-A-Car of Southern California and eventually moved with his young bride to follow her career as a Psychology professor at Westfield State University. He spent 7 years as a specialty pharmaceutical representative until a missions trip with his home church, New Day Church, sent him to spend a week at the Los Angeles Dream Center. Upon returning, he left pharmaceuticals and started a career as a Realtor, forming his own Christ-centered company, The Covenant Group LLC, along with his brother-in-Christ and business partner Robert DeGray. Travis was a member of the New Day Worship Team for 8 years before moving into working with the Tweens at New Day Church. He loves all things music, board games, and sports. He lives in Longmeadow with his wife Summer and 2 children, August (12) and Ruby (6).
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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