Kareem knew as a teenager that God was calling him to serve those in need after giving out sandwiches in Tompkins Square Park through Graffiti’s FLIP Program. He holds a Masters in Social Work from NYU and an M.Div from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a social worker for NYC Social Services, and directed MNYBA’s Church and Community Ministries before coming to work full time at Graffiti in 2001. Kareem’s wife, Theresa, also serves as director of Graffiti 4, “Gotta Dance, Gotta Serve.” They have three children.
Carmen moved to the L.E.S. when she married, after…
Carmen moved to the L.E.S. when she married, after growing up in Puerto Rico and Washington Heights. Upon experiencing Graffiti as a mom with her own children in the programs, she went to a deeper level by joining the church, and then the church staff. Her dedication to making the community better, especially in the area of serving children and youth, has shown her to be a wise and compassionate mentor to people in the programs and on the staff. She is encouraged in this work by her husband and two grown children. Habla Español.
Patrick first became involved with Graffiti on a mission trip with his home church, First Baptist Church Georgetown, Texas. After spending much of his adulthood in international and short-term missions, he knew “Missions” would always be a passion of his. He and his wife, Kelsie, have two children, Ari and Cala. Patrick enjoys eating tacos, cupcakes, and cheesecake.
Sam is a Queens kid who was brought to Graffiti at a young age and has learned about serving others through the ministry. Growing up in the youth he was given the opportunity take on the role of leading kids who were in his position by helping develop their relationships with Christ and still having fun doing so. With an athletic background and deep philosophies, expect a Youth program with vibrant and exciting things to come.