Staff Spotlight: Eugene Smalls

Eugene Smalls, a case manager at St. John’s Ministries, is passionate about helping people see their worth in life. He helps individuals find adequate housing solutions and strives to empower those who have lost hope in the system of homelessness as we as in themselves.

Smalls earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, both in Social Work. He has worked in the mental health field, homeless youth, at-risk youth and correctional youth settings prior to working for St. John’s.

Name: Eugene Smalls

In a few sentences can you tell the folks about yourself?
I am a recently married father of five children. My life revolves around good chicken and family.

What were you doing (personally or professionally) before starting at St. John’s Ministries (SJM)?
I worked for a private company that assisted youth and adults with mental health issues.

What is your title at St. John’s Ministries (SJM), and what does your job entail?
I am a Case Manager. This means I help find resources for our guests to live.

What is your favorite part about working for SJM?
Serving those that want to be served. I love making an impact In the lives of individuals that sometimes have a closed way of thinking.

When you’re not at work what do you enjoy doing most?
Frying up some wings for the family, playing board games, attending events with children and loving on my wife.

If you were stranded on a desert island what three material items would you want to have?
A fresh batch of wings, a picture of my family and a pair of boxing gloves.

If you had to choose one movie to watch and/or one song to listen to, for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Training Day (movie) or Start back at one (song).

Who would you like to see cast as you if Hollywood made a movie about your life?
Michael Ealy if his complexion was a little darker.

What is one thing you’d like the community to know about St. John’s Ministries?
WE NEED SUPPORT from the COMMUNITY! We are just one portion of the equation but seemingly have more than our share of the responsibilities. We not only need financial help, but we also need people to step up and step in.

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