Fourteen years ago, Kwinn Tucker left her home state of Arkansas for an internship at Cityteam Chester. “I came with a one-year commitment,” she says. “I ended up never leaving.”
Today, Tucker is in her fourth year as Cityteam’s director. “It’s been really awesome to have the experience to do really good things and be behind the strategy of how we’re serving the community,” she says.
Cityteam is a Christian-based ministry that serves the city of Chester and the surrounding communities. It runs food services, a residential homeless shelter, and programs for drug-and-alcohol recovery and mothers and babies. “We serve over 1,300 households each year,” says Tucker. “And we see more than 150 people eating their meals at Cityteam every day. We estimate that we serve about 3,000 children each year.”
What’s truly remarkable about these numbers is that Cityteam doesn’t receive any state or government funding, relying on individual donors and some grants for support. “Part of my job is to help raise awareness and funding for what we do,” says Tucker.
Some of Tucker’s finest ambassadors are current volunteers and members of her 12-person staff, many of whom, at one time or another, have benefited from the Cityteam services. “We want to create a safe place for people, where they’re honored and treated with dignity and respect,” Tucker says. “That continues to be my mission with Cityteam.”