Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. This month, meet Housing Project Manager Sarah Larson, pictured at center, with Beacon's new projects team.
How long have you worked at Beacon?: 6 years
Describe your job: I take a project when it’s still just an idea and work on the nuts and bolts to make it happen. That means that seek out the right site; collaborate with the architect to design something that will serve the future residents; figure out the financing; work with public and private funders to meet funding requirements; and ultimately, work with the contractor to get it built.
Why do you like working here?: I like working with the congregations. They bring a level of faith and commitment to the projects that makes them great to be part of.
What’s one thing you are most proud of about your work? It takes a long time to bring an idea to a physical structure. Years, in fact. I am always most proud when the furniture is being delivered -- the very last step before I start in on a new project.
What kind of job would you have if you weren’t so busy helping to end homelessness? Political director for a campaign.
What is your favorite book, movie, comedian, play, sport, pastime? Most recently, I just read Pillars of the Earth, which I enjoyed. My free time is often spent on home improvement projects...
What is something that most people don’t know about you? I’ve designed and built a couple of platform tree houses. One with an Old West theme for a YMCA camp, and a three-story one at the family cabin for nieces and nephews.