It was almost by chance that Luisa Schifitto first became acquainted with Renascent. She was invited to participate in a Renascent Foundation fundraiser in 2019 and from the moment she learned about the cause, she became a passionate champion.
Just six years ago, Luisa lost her older brother to substance abuse. He was 45 years of age. Having a personal connection to addiction, Luisa made it her mission to work at Renascent so that she could help people who are struggling with addiction. She would regularly visit the careers section of Renascent’s website looking for job openings that fit her work experience.
“My family and I didn’t know my brother was struggling until it was too late,” shared Luisa, who is now Philanthropy and Engagement Coordinator at Renascent Foundation. “Sal’s passing changed everyone in my family. It’s been a challenge coping with his absence, but we have learned to live differently now that he’s gone.”
Luisa has found a deep purpose in being a part of the Renascent Foundation team. She connects with donors, thanking them personally for their gifts and providing updates on their impact on Renascent’s programs and services and the people who benefit from them. She also supports the team by assisting with finance and budgeting duties.
“Working as a part of the Renascent Foundation team, I feel like I am contributing and helping out with this very important cause. When I talk to donors, I am able to empathize with them and let them know that I know exactly what it’s like to love someone who struggled with addiction,” said Luisa who left her career in banking to join Renascent. “Although fundraising is new to me, I love it and I love being here.”