Our Staff

Talita Hall

Program Director TalitaH@bridgeofhopeinc.org

Talita Hall is the Program Director at Bridge of Hope Lancaster. She brings over 20 years of case-management experience and a BSW from Millersville University. Talita and her family worship at Brightside Baptist Church in Lancaster. Her professional experience, degree and personal faith are a strong fit with Bridge of Hope’s values and mission. Talita says, “As a Christian, now more than ever it is essential for faith communities to work together to give hope, love, and support to those experiencing hard times.”  Talita enjoys spending family time with her husband and their two beautiful boys.

Linda Homer-Hurley

Lancaster/Chester County Development Director LindaHH@bridgeofhopeinc.org

Linda Homer-Hurley joined the staff of Bridge of Hope National as Event Coordinator in October 2019. She has a degree in Liberal Studies from West Chester University and spent years coordinating events at a liberal studies college and then at a social service nonprofit agency where she also worked in Advancement and Marketing. In addition, Linda has owned her own business as a Consultant and Director with The Pampered Chef for 26 years. She loves cooking and teaching others and believes that involving children and gathering around the table for mealtimes helps to strengthen family bonds.

Linda is excited to work at Bridge of Hope and to help share our mission with people both locally and throughout the country. As a single mother of three children, Linda understands first-hand the importance of helping mothers and their children who are struggling to make it through every day. “In the past I was the recipient of help from various people that included financial, physical and emotional support. All of these were crucial in helping me provide for my children and encouraging me to keep moving forward. The hope and desire for a better tomorrow was essential for me so I connect on a deep level with the mission and values of Bridge of Hope. We are truly helping families and investing in changing their lives—not just for today, but hopefully forever. I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to be here!”

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Caitlyn Reese

Neighborhood Resource Specialist CaitlynR@bridgeofhopeinc.org

Caitlyn is a Neighborhood Resource Specialist with Bridge of Hope Lancaster. She graduated from Shippensburg University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and minor in Disability Studies. Caitlyn has four years of case management experience working with children in the foster care system and their families.

She believes that Bridge of Hope is the perfect fit for her, where her faith and career can intersect. Caitlyn is passionate about keeping families together and providing them with the support they need to succeed. She says, “The mission and values of Bridge of Hope can truly bring healing to people’s lives through ending homelessness and the power of neighboring relationships. We are called to love and serve our neighbors and I am so excited to work for an organization that puts that call to action!”

 

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Caleb Simmers

Church Engagement and Housing Director CalebS@bridgeofhopeinc.org

Caleb Simmers serves as Lancaster Church Engagement and Housing Director. He has spent his career in church ministry, primarily youth and family ministry. Within that role he has worked in communities that required the church to play an active role in meeting social, financial, and cultural needs in the community. He has coordinated collaborative efforts among various churches to meet those needs. He is a networker, connector, and organizer. Caleb has a bachelor’s degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Champion Christian College and has served as Associate Pastor of Family and Student Ministries at Oaklawn Baptist Church in Winston Salem, North Carolina, from 2016-2022. Caleb and his wife Ashley live in the Lititz area.

Caleb says, “I believe in Bridge of Hope because it provides the church an accessible blueprint to be an active participant in solving the real crisis of homelessness, which is not simply shelter, but also community. Homelessness is one of the last stops on a long route of losing community. Bridge Hope provides the model for churches to be the answer to solving this need in their own neighborhood.”

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