Lori Cavender graduated from Trinity in 2009 with a degree in Children, Youth & Family Studies (CYFS). She is currently the founder and director of Ryan’s House for Youth, a shelter and resource center for homeless teens on Washington’s Whidbey Island, created in part through Lori’s senior project at Trinity.
Through her vision and desire to serve her local community, Lori now directs a program where adult mentors support students and their education, helping youth mend the broken pieces that once separated them from their families. Ryan’s House shelter provides housing for girls and boys ages 13-17 and serves ages 12-25.
Lori credits Mark Jackson, Chair & Professor of Children, Youth & Family Studies, as a “huge resource and example” to her, even post graduation. And she continues to support Trinity and its mission by offering internship placements at Ryan’s House for Youth to Trinity students, mentoring other college students who share a desire to serve youth in their local communities.