Daren grew up in Erie, PA, spending much of his childhood living with his grandfather, a former police captain. Instilling a firm sense of social responsibility in him, his grandfather taught him that the most important thing in life is to care for other people, especially those in need. While he always knew that he wanted to make a lasting impact on the world, he didn’t know how.
After being introduced to the mission of Unhoused Humanity, he finally knew how to make his impact on the world. He is currently the Executive Director of the organization and strives every day to help more individuals and families who are suffering from homelessness.
Jemal was born and raised in Aruba. He played various sports growing up but eventually settled on swimming. At the age of 11, he was part of the national swim team of Aruba where he began traveling and competing at various competitions around the world. He was humbled and honored to represent his country and be the appointed flag bearer at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
After the Olympics, Jemal pursued a college degree, where he signed and swam for Florida State University. He also began volunteering in the Tallahassee community with his teammates. This is when he really began noticing and appreciating the impact a collective group can have on a problem. Jemal believes that Unhoused Humanity is a great avenue for him to give back to the community.
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