Get to Know Erica DePalma – HOPE’s Facilities Coordinator

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The DePalma Family

THE FACTS:

With a background in hospitality, accounting, sales, marketing, administration and government human resources, Erica came well-rounded to her role as HOPE’s Facilities Coordinator and Co-coordinator of HOPE Cares. On Staff since 2015, Erica coordinates events for the church as well as our Meals from the Heart and Hospital Visitation Team for the Care Ministry. She keeps busy with her two sons and husband Matt.

One thing I love about my role on staff …

There are so many things, it’s hard to choose just one!  I love the atmosphere.  There are always things happening, ideas being exchanged, people helping one another and so many things to learn. HOPE has a spirit-filled atmosphere that makes you want to join in and become a part of the movement that is always in motion.

A time I saw God at work in my life …

When my son became ill as a small child and had several near death experiences.  I was scared and confused, but always felt God’s presence and truly felt that he sent us the right people to help us and support us.  After we got through that trying time, I reflected back on how calm I was.  I felt the prayers and the Holy Spirit.

A book that rocked my world (in addition to the Bible) …

“The Shack” by Wm. Paul Young.  The beautiful images are so moving.  Young spins a web of intricate details that weave through your soul.  The message resonated with me and encapsulated that fervor I felt when I realized HOPE Cares is a beautiful and loving path to service.

One reason I think people should check out HOPE Church …

The love and acceptance you feel when you walk through the door.  No matter where you are in your life or your faith or anything, the people at HOPE just love you and make you feel comfortable. It’s such a vibrant community.  Everyone should feel this way.

A hobby that I’d love to get into but probably never will …

Race car driving.  I LOVE to drive fast!  I like the feeling of freedom and the rush you get, the wind blowing through your hair, etc, etc.  I’ll probably never do it, but when my kids are grown, I’m buying a sports car!