- Daniella’s relationship with Preble Street began when she was a teen in the 1990s. She donated food to the agency through her school and volunteered in the old Resource Center Soup Kitchen with her family.
- From an early age, she knew she wanted to be involved in social work. For her senior project in high school, she trained adults who worked at youth-serving agencies on how to talk to youth about harm reduction.
- She returned to Preble Street in 2009 as a Teen Services Supervisor. There, she was instrumental in the opening of the Joe Kreisler Teen Shelter and in the creation of Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Services, both of which celebrate their 10th anniversary this year!
- On what she likes most about working at Preble Street. “There’s so much to be excited about. I am so proud to be part of this professional and skilled agency and to work with such remarkable people. I love being part of an organization that is responsive, nimble, strong, and smart and that’s doing so much to help save lives and create justice. We have so much to be proud of every day here, from the relationships caseworkers build with clients to advocating to change the systems that perpetuate so many injustices, we are all working together to respond to increasing need and make a better world.”
For anyone paying attention over these last few years, it’s become abundantly clear that emergency shelters for people experiencing homelessness are an important part of the public health infrastructure. Shelters didn’t close during the pandemic. Shelter staff and our partners in the healthcare industry did not work remotely. We stayed open, and, in many cases,
How did you get involved with Preble Street? I had Preble Street on my radar as one of the non-profits that I was most impressed with, and I wanted to be more involved in my community… but with small children and a demanding full-time job, I couldn’t see a way to get involved. Luckily, I
Nonprofit Business Leader of the Year: Mark Swann leads Preble Street on a statewide mission of fighting poverty
We are thrilled to share that Preble Street Executive Director, Mark Swann, has been named a Nonprofit Business Leader of the year by MaineBiz! In his 30 years as our leader, he has helped the agency grow from two employees working in Portland to nearly 300 employees and 1000 volunteers working all over the state