Tahnesha Bonner, Group Home Program Director

I began my college journey at Saint Joseph’s Women’s College before eventually graduating with a B.A in Human Services from Albertus Magnus College. Always had a passion for serving others and what better way to feed that enthusiasm than working at Parent’s Foundation. Previously, I have worked for both nonprofit organizations such as United Way and law enforcement agencies such as Bridgeport Police Department and State of Connecticut Department of Corrections. Currently considering obtaining a master’s degree in Mental Health counseling.

Favorite Activities with Residents:

One of my favorite activities to do with the residents is “Name that Tune” during snack socials. It is so energizing to see residents dancing, laughing, and playfully competing among each other to their favorite songs. Playing music from different periods seems to take the residents back their childhoods, adolescent years, college life, etc. Music can heal the wounds that medicine cannot touch.

Proud Moments at Work:

During my time here at Parent’s Foundation, I have had many proud moments. Most of them include instances where residents overcame an obstacle, learned a new life skill, acquired a job, or eventually transitioned back into a life outside of Parent’s Foundation. To see them work so long and hard and then see the results of their labors, knowing you were there to support them every step of the way, makes me proud. My favorite quote is “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”