Staff Spotlight: Meet Nancy Heintz!

Nov 29, 2018  |  at 10:45 am  |  by awright

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By: Abbie Wright, Digital Content Coordinator

Nancy Heintz, Project Manager for Montgomery County with the Coalition, started with the organization in August of 2016. Originally from Conroe, Texas, Nancy said her experience volunteering with, and becoming President of the Montgomery County Homeless Coalition, is what led her to the role she’s in today.

Abbie: Can you tell me about your role as Montgomery County Project Manager and what it entails?

Nancy: As the Montgomery County Project Manager, I help people in Montgomery County understand the work being done with and through The Way Home. Montgomery County didn’t join The Way Home until 2016 – way after Harris and Fort Bend County had already been working together. So, most of my time is spent bringing groups together for conversation in Montgomery County and getting them up-to-speed. I also help facilitate conversations for peer support for best practices and how to model the work being done, you know kind of connecting the dots for folks and what is available for them – both organizations and people experiencing homelessness alike.

Abbie: What made you decide to work in the homeless service system?

Nancy: I had prior experience volunteering for the Montgomery County Homeless Coalition as part of outreach for my ministry and was President for them as well. I had worked for the church for 30 years and my job there was ending. I think it was kind of a God thing because my job there ended on a Monday, and I was hired on at the Coalition for the Homeless by Friday. At the time Eva (Vice President of Programs for the Coalition) wanted to create a staff position for someone who actually lives in Montgomery County as a way to connect agencies with the work of The Way Home, and it ended up working out!

Abbie: Are there any projects you are currently working on?

Nancy: Right now, the regional team is working with school districts and their data sharing when it comes to the annual Homeless Count & Survey. We’re also focusing on this new connection with the justice system and some of their issues they may have when it comes to criminal activity and homelessness, and how it all relates.

Abbie: What would you say your favorite thing about working for the Coalition is?

Nancy: I think it’s been a new learning curve for me which has made me want to work longer. I also really just enjoy the atmosphere here and being able to see what happening and what is going to happen in the homeless service system.

Abbie: What has been your favorite project you’ve been a part of so far?

Nancy: I think I would have to say the Coordinated Access Assessment of chronically homeless individuals which has resulted in them being housed with Volunteers of America (VOA). Those are the kind of results that will add a lot of weight to our conversation and can show the change that can have a great impact.

Abbie: Now for a more light-hearted question, if you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Nancy: I think I would have to say Martin Luther King Jr. He was such a peaceful change-maker. I would have loved to have some sort of engagement with him or even hear him speak in person. To be at his “I Have A Dream” Speech in Washington D.C. would have just been incredible.

Abbie: Tell us one fun fact about yourself!

Nancy: Well my grandkids are kind of the fun thing about me right now! Being able to be a Nan for them. I have three and they’re all little, their ages are about one and a half to five years old.