EC Holiday Party 2014

The Elizabeth Coalition is a leader in serving the homeless in greater Union County, NJ.  Since 1981, we have been advocating for the rights of homeless individuals and families to have access to safe, affordable housing.  Our staff, volunteers and interns are dedicated to helping people solve the root causes of homelessness and making them healthy, productive, self-sufficient citizens in our communities.



Meet Our Staff


Linda Flores-Tober, Executive Director

RedAmber Photography Portraits As a longtime resident of Elizabeth, Linda’s local knowledge has been invaluable in her more than 24 years at the Coalition. As a graduate from the College of Saint Elizabeth, she has also been the Agency Coordinator for First Friends Visitation Ministry and Administrator at the Bridgeton Nursing Center. She was honored as Humanitarian of the Year, in 2008, by the College of Saint Elizabeth and awarded for Outstanding Woman’s Leadership by the NJ United Nations Association in 2004.   Linda has been co-chair and now chair of the Union County Comprehensive Emergency Assistance Systems and Continuum of Care (CEAS/CoC) Committee since 2012. She is part of the Union County Homeless Trust Committee, the Human Service Advisory Council and the Union Country Freeholders task force on foreclosures. The Coalition was recognized in 2013 with the Union County Unity Award and in 2010 Linda was awarded Bank of America’s Local Heroes honor for her work with the homeless in Union County. Linda can be reached at



Renaee Smith, Office Manager

In addition to being a wonderful Office Manager, Renaee is also an independent author and has published several books including three children's books. Renaee can be reached at

Iris Rodriguez, Bookkeeper and Government Contract Administrator

After many years working for a bank as a branch manager, Iris has found a new home working for both St Joseph’s (in their Job Skills Program) as well as for the Coalition. Iris can be reached at


Development and Fundraising

Shelley Rothenberg, Grants Coordinator

You can contact Shelley at


Bernice’s Place

Carina Grajales, Coordinator of Bernice’s Place

Carina can be reached at


Project Gatekeeper

Ana Hernandez, Case Manager

Ana is a case manager extraodinaire! Ana can be reached at

Patricia Morris, Intern Coordinator, Case Management

Pat can be reached at

Sean Foley, Advocacy Administrator

You can contact Sean at

Jocelyn Coral, Outreach Coordinator

You can contact Jocelyn at  

Leonory Rodriguez, Case Manager, Homeless Trust Fund Coordinator

Leonory can be reached at

Ann Borden, Volunteer ESL Instructor

Barbara Burke, Volunteer (Project Gatekeeper)

Barbara can be contacted at

Michael Marcus, ESL Coordinator & Volunteer

You can contact Mike at  


Operation Warm Heart

Vanessa Checo, Operation Warm Heart Coordinator

Vanessa can be reached at


Hospitality House

Jatasha Sharif, Hospitality House Coordinator

Jatasha can be reached at

Kevin Mahoney, Volunteer

Kevin is a long-time volunteer for our Hospitality House Program. Kevin is enjoying his retirement (when he’s not fishing or boating) as an all-round handy man, keeping our apartments in good repair. If you visit our center, look for Kevin, who can usually be found painting, fixing something or delivering food or household goods to the families in our program.  To contact Kevin email