Over the next few blog posts we'll share a little bit more personally from these passion-filled people who are giving and working to bring a hope and a future to aging out foster youth.
Meet Christina Dronen
Yep, it's me, the writer of this blog, the founder of the organization, the (could be more recent photo) face of the social media.
I came up with a list of questions for each one of us to answer. Honestly, I wish I'd been thinking more about having to answer them myself when I wrote them, but here goes anyway. :)
What do you do at Finally Family Homes?
I am the founder & executive director. What that means is I did all the work of forming it and lead the way as we continue to work towards meeting the goals of our organization. I wear other hats, but these are the biggest.
What do you do for work?
I take care of my 3 young kids, household, write 2 blogs, and run Finally Family Homes. My other website is for my books / Bible studies, "Parenting in Christ."
I decided to have kids because I liked the idea of having a family, especially as I get older. I never ever dreamed of starting or running a nonprofit until about a year before I did. I never thought of becoming a writer either until right before I did. I worked (after babysitting and many high school, college, and summer jobs) as a software developer then transitioned into systems analysis. I got a degree in Spanish with a theater minor before getting my computer science degree. I started to get my masters in Missiology, which would probably come in handy now, as it turns out.
I had an ongoing desire over the years to do acting. So I pursued that for a long time (that’s what brought me to Los Angeles). I did acting, improv, and stand up comedy for many years before my heart was moved to help the homeless. Living in Los Angeles brought homelessness to the forefront of my attention. Going to Pacific Crossroads I learned how to help and also learned about caring for foster kids. I have a good friend who invited me to volunteer with her at a Young Lives group for foster girls who were pregnant or had babies and lived at a group home.
Aging out foster kids is where foster children and homelessness sadly come to together. So you could say I was kind of cultivated into working in this area. The mission trip I went on to Kyrgyzstan with the church kind of cemented the vision – I got to see and know the difference that having a loving Christian community and an everlasting Hope in a Father who is always near had on these orphan girls in Kyrgyzstan.