HALO is mostly volunteer run, but here are the staff members that help keep everything running:
Celeste Savage - Executive Director
Celeste has had over 30 years' experience in the not-for-profit sector, a graduate of Salisbury State College (Salisbury University), and the founder of Hope And Life Outreach! In the last 15 years, she has worked with the homeless and has organized mission trips both regionally as well internationally.
Celeste was born and raised in Salisbury. She was a School Bus Contractor for the Wicomico County Bd. Of Education. During her "free" time she loves travelling to Disney with her family, reading, and working in the yard. She is a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church.
"As I reflect on all that God has done in my life, I have seen His hand molding and guiding me to what His Will is for my life today. Listening to a radio program called Pacific Garden Mission at a very early age, having family members travelling to different parts of the world as missionaries, organizing mission trips to Washington D.C. to work with the homeless, to Mexico to build a home for a couple of families living in a cardboard shake. I could go on with all that God has done. I count it as a privilege and honor to serve the homeless and hurting in our community, to Love 'Em Like Jesus."
Verse; Jeremiah 29:11
Teresa Schevel - Operations Manager
Teresa Schevel (pictured on the left) has been friends with Celeste since she was in high school and helped to make HALO what it is today.
She grew up the oldest of three siblings and always dreamed of working in an office or teaching. Even before graduating from Bennett High, Teresa started working in an insurance office. Eventually, Teresa started working at Oak Ridge Baptist and launched from there to the fledgling Hope And Life Outreach!
Teresa has two daughters and her favorite ways to pass time are cooking, watching television, and visiting her favorite place, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
"Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your Heart."
Thom Black - Food Service Coordinator
Thom was born and raised in Fredrick, Maryland. After high school, he spent five years with the United States Marine Corps. Then, following his service, he lived in California for eight years before returning to Maryland. Following his military career, Thom spent the majority of his time in psychiatric nursing. When he retired in 2001, he opened a group home with his first wife, who passed away in 2012.
Thom and his current wife, Karen, now have 13 grandchildren between them , one son, and four daughters. Thom came to HALO about 2 years ago, following a passion for helping others. He loves working with his amazing team of Cafe Managers, other volunteers, and Millie!
His favorite verse is John 3:16. He relates HALO to this verse because, just as Jesus laid down his life for us, we should also lay down our lives for our fellow Christians.
David Crockett - Facilities Manager
William David Crockett, Jr. (Dave to those who know him) was originally an electrician with Rommel Electric. He married his wife, Amanda Crockett, in 2010 and his son, Rylan, is now 6 years old. Dave's responsibilities include overseeing all repairs and construction, but he does have some down time which he uses to fish and work on his Trans AM.
Shane McDade - Men's Program Administrator
Shane is a local to Salisbury and always has been. He graduated from Wicomico High School in 1988 and married his wife, Bridget, five years later. They have three children: Rebecca, Travis, and Zachary, and they all go to Oak Ridge Baptist Church.
In November of 2007, Shane began volunteering with HALO at the Be Our Guest homeless shelter. Since, he has served with HALO's Hope On the Street, as Coordinator of the Women and Mothers with Children shelter, and now Men's Program Administrator.
Shane feels that God has called him to this ministry and loves to serve alongside HALO volunteers and staff.
Shane's favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11:
11 "For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Logan Schevel - Marketing and Development Administrator
Logan is Teresa's daughter, so HALO has been a huge part of her life since childhood. She officially became staff in 2016. Before that, Logan worked as an electrician for about 3 years, which she studied in high school.
She recently moved out on her own, quickly adopting three cats, but still comes around for her mother's cooking. In her free time, Logan enjoys bonfires with friends, knitting, and relaxing at home.
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
Angel Simpson - Center of Hope Programs Administrator
Angel has been married to her husband, Gram, for 38 years and they have 2 official children, 1 "adopted" child, and 3 grand babies. They recently moved to Ocean Pines to be closer to their grandsons (and the beach).
When Angel was 50, she went back to college and received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees, becoming a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. She has worked with HALO for 4 years, both as a volunteer and, later, as staff.
When Angel isn't running the Center of Hope, she can be found on the beach or with her family, sometimes both! She believes that God lead her to HALO to show His love to the homeless and in need of hope, and to Love 'Em Like Jesus!
Pat Prato - Men's Shelter Coordinator
Pat grew up here on the shore in Princess Anne with his 2 brothers and 4 sisters. He is now 59 years old and a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church, where he was recently baptised. Pat has been with HALO for 2 years and now teaches Journey of Hope Classes.
In his spare time, Pat enjoys Christian music, the Blues, and reading.
Millie Spence - Food Service Coordinator
Mildred is the biological mother of 4 children and the unofficial mom to countless others. She has a grand total of 10 grandchildren and even 11 great grandchildren.
Before all of those 'grands,' Millie took classes at Salisbury University, then went on to work as a USDA Inspector for 14 years. Next, she moved on to earn her degree in Certified Nursing Associate Work and, after that, earned certificates and a degree from the Wicomico County Board of Ed as a bus driver for 18 years.
In her free time, Millie joined the Wicomico County Memorial Auxiliary, where she held numerous titles, the American Legion Auxiliary, and Success Temple.
Millie finally slowed down at the age of 65, but just for a moment. After the second's pause, she joined the Mac Senior Program and eventually landed at HALO, where she found her place as Food Service Coordinator in 2014.
For more information about Millie (and to see some of her great recipes) check out our page, Cookin' in the Kitchen with Millie!
Erica Hitaffer - Day Facility Coordinator
Erica Hitaffer has lived in Salisbury since 2005 and is married with 6 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a rabbit! Before her very full house, Erica raised her younger brother and held positions as a nursing assistant, bartender, and lunch lady.
When Erica was 17, she was saved, but never really pursued a relationship with God until her late thirties. Even though she was serving in her church, she still felt called to other things. Erica was eventually lead to her position in HALO in May of 2014.
Erica says that God has given her a heart for people, and she couldn't think of a better place for Him to user her then here at HALO.
“Let your light shine before others, that they see good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Eartha Harris - Chaplin and Standing in the Gap Coordinator
Eartha Pinder Harris is a native to the shore, moving to Baltimore as a teenager where she completed her education. She was active in the politcal and business world when she met Rev. Joseph Harris, serving as a business consultant and serving on Maryland's Governor Advisory Council on Small Business and the University of Maryland's Advisory Council on Business and Economics.
Even though she came to know Jesus Christ as her Savior as a child at the First Baptist Church in Salisbury, she did not yield her life to His lordship until she was challenged in 1978 by reading Mark 8:36-38:
“Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
At Jesus’ call, Eartha left her life of pursuing money and power. After marrying , she joined Joe in ministry, and has committed her life to serving as a home missionary, reaching out to the neediest in our country. She and Joe served as Directors of New York City’s New Life for Girls Ministry, which was an outreach and residential ministry to female substance abusers. While in New York, she was ordained to the ministry by Pastor Jim Cymbala, Brooklyn Tabernacle Church. She and her husband founded Crossroads Ministries, Inc. in Worcester, MA in 1984 as an outreach specializing in ministry to the unique spiritual needs of the homeless, needy and those battling life controlling addictions. Due to Joe's health issues, the Harris' moved back to Salisbury in 2002. Eartha worked at Life Crisis Center for seven years, retiring for health reasons. In 2011, she began volunteering at HALO Ministry leading devotions several days a week, and eventually accepted responsibility as its Chaplain.
Amanda Crockett - Office Assistant
Amanda, who has been married to our Facilities Manager for 6 years, was born and raised on the shore. They have a son and 'one very rude cat.' Amanda has a brother, Danny, and sister, Melissa.
In her free time, Amanda likes to spend time with her family, learn about cars, fish with Dave, and kick back for some Netflix.
Before HALO, Amanda worked as a landscaper for Wor-Wic Community College, where she met Dave.
Lisa Anderson - Finance Coordinator
Lisa was born and bred in Minnesota, where her great grandparents immigrated to from Germany in 1853.
After high school, Lisa met her husband, Galen, and have just passed their 33rd anniversary! In 1989, they moved to Salisbury and had Christi the next year. Now, Lisa has two beautiful grandchildren who they watch in the evenings.
Before HALO, Lisa worked as accounts payable for Barr International.
Lisa's favorite verse is 1 John 4:18 "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear."