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Jessica PrendergastJessica, also known as JP, is a firm believer in second chances and a passionate advocate for the women she works with. In her role as a Supportive Housing Coordinator, she partners closely with women and mothers to stabilize their housing, improve their education and employment. JP’s unwavering positive spirit and drive to help women in difficult situations is a true asset to our team. With Home of the Sparrow, she can do what she loves – empower women and give them the tools they need to be independent.

In her role as WRAP (Women’s Reentry and Assessment Program) Program Coordinator, she supports women in the Chester County Jail system as they re-enter our community. Considering her background in criminal justice, JP couldn’t be a in a better position. JP has an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph’s University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in English, History, Leadership & Global Understanding from La Salle University. In addition to her studies, JP worked as a graduate assistant and research assistant in qualitative research projects.

Before coming to Home of the Sparrow, she worked for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, first in an all men’s State Correctional Institution and later as a Field Agent in Delaware County. With Home of the Sparrow, she can do what she loves – empower women and give them the tools they need to be independent.

JP is not only tough in her job – she played Rugby all throughout College. Nowadays, she is choosing slightly less forceful activities. During her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends and to hike through Pennsylvania’s woods and fields. She is also an avid yogi and will roll out the matt whenever she can. Namaste.