provided to The Santiva Chronicle
Savannah Miller-Berg found it easy to become part of the Sanibel-Captiva community; community is woven into her very being.
“Growing up, I was taught the importance of community,” said Miller-Berg.
After years of volunteerism and social service studies, she brings those learnings to the islands as the new executive assistant at Community Housing & Resources. In that role, Miller-Berg supports Executive Director Nicole Decker-McHale and CHR’s mission to provide affordable housing.
“The first time I visited Sanibel Island, it felt magical. The lush environment, friendly faces and local shops/restaurant made me want to keep coming back,” she said.
After finishing her studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Miller-Berg decided to make the island her home—and her cause.
Growing up in Eugene, Ore., Miller-Berg volunteered for a daycare that provided a safe place for housing-insecure parents to drop off their children while searching for housing, employment and other opportunities. She came to Florida in 2019 to study public health at Florida Gulf Coast University, earning her bachelor’s degree.
“While attending FGCU, I was able to take courses that have educated me within the nonprofit world as well as opportunities to immerse myself in the community,” she said.
“Learning that CHR offers affordable housing to workers on the island as well as long-time island residents caught my attention and made me eager to learn more about the organization,” she added. “The opportunity for growth for CHR is exciting to me. Nicole has great energy that radiates to everyone around her, I think that this is going to allow CHR to grow and serve our residents on the island.”
Decker-McHale said Miller-Berg’s energy, insight and community mindset are a perfect fit for CHR.
“Savannah came to CHR at just the right time as we rebuild after Ian,” Decker-McHale said. “We’re excited to have her with us.”
Miller-Berg is excited as well. “I hope I can create a positive impact on our residents here at CHR. I am here for the residents and always open to new ideas to help benefit our community,” she said.
Learn more about Community Housing & Resources at sanibelchr.org.