Lois Mufuka Martin
Bethlehem Haven, Pittsburgh
Ms. Martin came to Bethlehem Haven in March 2008 with a background in social work, nonprofit management and nonprofit consulting. She received her bachelor’s degree in History from Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina, and her Master of Education in Counseling from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Bethlehem Haven understands that efforts towards collaborative and systemic change should always include a dignified continuum of care to address the root causes of homelessness and to stabilize those who are recently re-housed after homelessness. Bethlehem Haven is a thriving nonprofit that is recognized locally and nationally as a model service provider due to its strong focus on program outcomes, human resources, development, earned income, social entrepreneurship and the power of collaborations and partnerships. In 2008, Ms. Martin was selected as a “Woman of Excellence” by the New Pittsburgh Courier. In 2009, she and her daughter Vimbai were chosen to serve as “Change Agents” for the Women and Girls Foundation of Pittsburgh. As part of the WGF Allegheny County Change Agents team, they will undertake an advocacy initiative and a girls as grant makers project to help change the lives of women and girls in Allegheny County.