HANDS Staff


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Patrick Morrissy
Executive Director
Pat is the founder (in 1986) and Executive Director of HANDS, Inc., a neighborhood-change nonprofit working in Orange and East Orange, NJ. HANDS’ real estate strategy revolves around “high-impact development for long-term sustainable neighborhood change”. The strategy is built around clearing title to and redeveloping pivotal eyesore properties that are eroding the quality of neighborhood life. HANDS has redeveloped 106 problem properties in Orange and East Orange and purchased defaulted mortgages on 47 vacant properties from one Lender and is clearing title and redeveloping them as affordable homeownership along with four CDCs. In Orange HANDS has led a comprehensive planning process for two neighborhoods and is creating an Arts District in a former industrial area called the Valley. Morrissy is a founder of Shelterforce magazine and the National Housing Institute and was a Member of the NJ State Planning Commission. He is the national Chair of the Community Stabilization Committee for NeighborWorks America. Email: patrick@handsinc.org

 

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Robin Gordon
Director of Administration
Joining the HANDS’ staff in mid-2005, Robin continues to marvel at the impact and accomplishments of HANDS and its stature in the community development field. As the Administrative Manager, she is a generalist with responsibility for grant writing and management, personnel and oversight of office administration and public relations. Passionate about housing issues and their critical influence on the health of a family and a community, Robin has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity since 1994. She also volunteers at a community soup kitchen and homeless program. Interests include exploring new urban places and natural areas, experiencing historic architecture and hiking. She lives with her husband of 27 years and has two sons.
Email: robin@handsinc.org


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Andrew Davlorous
Property Manager
Andrew manages the daily operations of HANDS' residential and commercial properties including leasing, property maintenance, and capital improvement projects. He is responsible for rent collections, Tenant relations and negotiations, and compliance with all City and State regulations. Andrew acts as HANDS representative for planned and ongoing construction projects of residential and mixed use properties, working as a liaison between HANDS, architect, General Contractor, and future Tenants. Email: andrew@handsinc.org


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Jonathan Foster
Project Manager
Jonathan has been active in Orange since 2010 as a New Jersey Housing and Community Development Scholarship winner with HANDS. Since that initial introduction, he has continued to work with HANDS providing architectural consultation and volunteering for community outreach. Jonathan is now the Project Developer at HANDS helping to rehabilitate residential units and supporting the development of mixed-use projects in the Valley Arts District. Jonathan’s background includes over ten years in the architecture field and has managed projects that ranged from custom residences to multi site affordable housing developments. Jonathan has earned masters in City and Regional Planning with a concentration in Community Development from Rutgers and Infrastructure Design from NJIT. His B.A. in Historic Preservation was completed in Savannah, GA. Email: Jonathan@handsinc.org