All of the staff at Bloom are well-trained and dedicated to ministering to the young ladies with whom we are entrusted. The following are minimum criteria that each staff member must meet in order to care for our students:
- Comprehensive background checks
- Medically screened
- Fully trained in CPR on an annual basis
- Fully trained in First Aid on an annual basis
- Safe driving training on an annual basis
- Universal precaution training
- Mature Christians in good standing at their local church
Additionally, each of our staff meets the Continuing Education requirements established by the State of Massachusetts Office of Early Education and Child Care and Teen Challenge USA (TCUSA) on an annual basis. This training includes workshops in the area of adolescent behavior management, nutrition, respect, Christian training principles and much more, as both necessary and available.
The staff at Bloom is both professional and compassionate. In addition to being properly trained, we believe that each one working within the ministry of Bloom is called and equipped to be here. Each of us takes seriously our commitment to the Lord, the young ladies we minister to, and the families we serve.
Meet the Director – Tori Ferrari, DBS/BC
Tori Ferrari has been working with troubled young people and their families for over twenty years, almost 15 of those years as the Director of the Teen Challenge of Arizona Springboard Home, the program Bloom is modeled after. She is passionate about helping girls discover who they are in Christ as she did herself in Teen Challenge 31 years ago. Responsible for overseeing all of the operations at Bloom, Tori strives to provide a program of excellence and the greatest opportunity for students to discover and grow in their faith. She holds her Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling, her doctorate in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counseling and is an Ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. She has been married for almost 30 years to her husband Davide and has two grown sons, Alfonso and Robert.
Admissions Coordinator – Robin Hanson
Robin is the first voice many parents will hear when they call in for help. She is the staff member that will help parents and their daughters walk through the admissions process from their very first inquiry to the day they enter the program ready to begin the journey towards’ new life! Both well informed and compassionate, Robin graduated from Zion Bible College with a degree in Ministerial Leadership and holds her Ordination with the New England project. She pastors Crossroads Carver with her husband, Barry and has four children.
Donor Development / Center Events / End Addiction – Priscilla Davis
Priscilla wears many hats at Bloom as she works with Churches, schools, donors and the general public promoting the mission of Teen Challenge Bloom and helping to raise funds to support our program. She establishes special events, visits schools with our End Addiction prevention message and visits local businesses and churches presenting the Bloom program as a resource and source of hope to the community. A graduate of the EDGE School of Ministry in Tucson, Arizona Priscilla comes to Bloom after serving for the past four years with Teen Challenge of Arizona’s Springboard Home.
Academic Coordinator – Whitney Thomas
Whitney can be found in the Bloom classroom, working with each student through the Teen Challenge curriculum on their journey through the Bloom program. Customizing assignments for each young lady that comes into Bloom is a large part of what Whitney does, ensuring that they get the most out of their stay in the program. Whitney also works closely with the New Testament Christian School, our academic authority to ensure that whatever credits are earned while at Bloom are communicated to the home school of our students when returning home. Whitney graduated with her degree in Criminal Justice from Waynesburg University and is currently pursuing her curriculum certification with Teen Challenge USA.
Biblical Counselor –
Ms. Yani (pronounced ‘Johnnie’) comes to us with experience in ministering to others, helping them to live a purposeful and biblically rooted life. Yani works with both the student and their entire family at Bloom and provides weekly individual, family and group counseling. Our Biblical Counseling is critical to the success of each of our graduates as are the Parent Workshops we provide to our families.
Direct Care –
Each of our direct care staff are compassionate and well-trained women who have a desire to help teen girls discover who they are in Christ! These are the women that are here day in and day out for each young lady in the program – when the students are in good moods – and when they are struggling… when they are happy – and when they are sad… these women pray with, encourage and yes – hold accountable the students in our program to provide the best possible environment for long-lasting change and transformation.