Director of Development
Associate Director of Development
2022 Program Graduate
Emily Abbott serves as the Associate Director of Development where she builds relationships between Door of Hope and individuals, churches, organizations, and businesses. She also works closely with the Volunteer Coordinator. She is delighted to be working for an organization that makes a real difference in the lives of families facing homelessness.
Prior to Door of Hope, Emily used her fundraising, communications, and community organizing skills at the California Institute of Technology, U.C. Riverside, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Bread for the World, Church World Service, and the Interfaith Hunger Coalition. She earned her BA from Occidental College. Emily loves reading, hiking, gardening and spending time with her husband and dogs.
As the Development Associate at Door of Hope, most of Talar’s work is “behind the scenes”. She manages the donor database and answers questions donors have about their contributions. She loves working at a Christian non-profit and being able to put her organizational skills to use.
Talar earned her BA in history and minor in education from UC Irvine. After college, she worked at a for-profit learning center for 5 years before deciding to transfer to the nonprofit world. During her free time, Talar enjoys working on jigsaw puzzles and watching true crime documentaries with her husband.
Carla serves as the Marketing Associate where she creates digital and print visuals that communicate awareness of our organization and mission to end family homelessness. But more than that, Carla considers this role as an exciting opportunity to reveal all the goodness and glory that God is doing in our community. Whether it is the transformative stories of the families, the generosity of our donors, or the love from our volunteers, Carla loves to share how God is on the move!
Carla earned her BFA in Studio Art from UC Riverside, and a Professional Designation of Textile Design from FIDM, Los Angeles. Carla loves reading, working on various art + writing projects, and organizing her planner with stickers and stencils. Carla lives with her nerdy husband, three cats, and a baby girl arriving this summer!
Alli Burnison serves as Door of Hope’s Volunteer Coordinator, working with our community of volunteers and in-kind donors. In this role, she has the pleasure of collaborating with volunteers willing to share their time, skills, and passions in a way that furthers the mission and impact of Door of Hope. More than anything, she enjoys witnessing connections formed and trust developed between volunteers and residents.
Alli is a recent graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Theology and an emphasis in Islamic Studies. Prior to seminary, Alli studied Journalism and Intercultural Studies at Pepperdine University. Having lived in various cultural, ethnic, and religious contexts across South America, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa, Alli deeply values learning from diverse traditions. She is passionate about seeking justice in communities, and above all, hopes the Church acts as a conduit of peace. On a day off, Alli can be found sitting in the sun with a good book.
Ruby works as an Intern in the Development department supporting the team. She thanks donors by mailing postcards, letters, and invitations and calling donors personally. And she also helps the team brainstorm marketing ideas. She especially enjoys learning about the donors’ reasons for giving and working in a Christ-centered organization.
During the Christmas season, we have opportunities to enrich the holiday experience for parents and kids. You can Be a Secret Santa by sponsoring a family and purchasing their desired gifts. You can Donate to our Toy Drive by helping to fill our “Toy Store” for the Christmas Festival for residents and Alumni families. You can Donate a $50 Target Gift Card that helps a family purchase items they really need. SUBSCRIBE to our emails and be the first to hear and sign up for these opportunities…they go fast! No application is required.
As Director of Development, Carmella serves a team of fundraising and marketing professionals as we seek to connect supporters with the families we serve. Carmella considers it an honor and privilege to share the stories of the Door of Hope community (families, donors, volunteers and staff) and deeply believes our purpose in development is to facilitate mutually transformative relationships…for His glory.
Carmella earned her BBA from Ohio University. Her first love is accounting, starting out at Price Waterhouse, then Chief Financial Officer at banking institutions and later in secondary education. Carmella loves movies and limited series (especially true stories), audible books, jigsaw puzzles, walking, running and hanging out with friends and her twin daughters.
Celebrate the season! Join us in the holiday tradition, be it organizing an Easter egg hunt, donating ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal, bringing candy for Halloween or honoring our moms on Mother’s Day with flowers and chocolate. Perhaps you’d even like to share a tradition you do with your own family. Your efforts go a long way in spreading joy during any season. To apply, please complete the General Application.
We want to celebrate and bless our families who have made the transition from our shelter to their new home. In the spirit of acknowledging their efforts, we have set up a special Amazon Housewarming Wish List to bring together items needed to help furnish their space. When you make a purchase, you’re invited to share in the graduation ceremony and celebration. To apply, SUBSCRIBE to our email below, where upcoming graduations are announced. No application is required.
Let’s have some fun! During our Summer Carnival in July, and our Christmas Festival in December, we need volunteers to host booths for games, treats, crafts, or any delightful engagement that brings smiles and joy to you and our families. From face painting to water balloon tossing to a hot chocolate booth and even a water dunk booth, we’re open to all imagination for a fun-filled experience. To apply, please complete the General Application.
We LOVE to celebrate our kids who live with us at Door of Hope, and what better way than on their birthday! Birthday Angels purchase a gift on a child’s wishlist, wrap it up in bows and love, and deliver it to our Community Center along with a hand-written card. It could even be a tradition you do on your own birthday! To be connected with a child’s wish, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Application is not required.
From cleaning supplies to towels to bedsheets, check out our Amazon Wish List to see current items needed by our families and at our homes. To ensure we may acknowledge your support, be sure to email email@example.com with a receipt of your purchase. No application is required.
In our desire to be fully led by God, we value prayer as a fundamental part of seeing our mission become a reality. We invite you to join our Prayer Team. You will receive a weekly text to pray for a family’s specific need, and a monthly invitation to join our staff for a thirty-minute prayer meeting, virtually or in person. To indicate your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Invite your friends, family, or colleagues to attend a public or private, in-person or virtual Stories of Hope tour where we share about the homelessness crisis, our response to it, and learn how you can join us in making a difference. You’ll also engage with our Executive Director, ask questions, and hear from a family who has experienced our program. To indicate your interest, please email email@example.com
For some of our residents, English is not their first language. If you are fluent in Spanish, Armenian, or Mandarin, your translation services would greatly benefit the efficiency and care we can provide within our program. To apply, please complete the General Application and Supplemental applications.
We are seeking those who are willing to donate their professional services to our families. Whether you’re a practitioner in immigration services, family law, dentistry, optometry, cosmetology, an administrative, or would like to contribute a professional service we haven’t yet mentioned, we invite you to join our ever-widening network of generous professionals. To apply, please complete the General Application and Supplemental Applications.
Enjoy Cooking? Nothing says family more than enjoying dinner around the table. We invite you to join our table by preparing a meal for five to eight families at our Pasadena homes during the weekdays. Whether you’re a meal donor on a consistent basis or just once, it is deeply appreciated. Assembly a group, cook a meal, and gather at the table to connect and enjoy the meal with families. To apply, please complete the General Application.