We had the good fortune of connecting with LaToya McBeth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi LaToya, what makes you happy? Why?
Serving and advocating for others who may not have the strength to advocate for themselves makes me happy. There are so many people in this world that are experiencing homelessness, generational poverty, childhood trauma and other hardships. These individuals oftentimes feel unseen, unheard, and simply thrown away. Being able to bring awareness to the issues of those that have been marginalized and serving them in a way that makes them feel confident and empowered makes me happy.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a proud graduate of the most illustrious HBCU, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. I pursued and obtained a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health in 2009. Growing up in the church and being surrounded by social workers and educators…I’ve always had a heart for nurturing and giving back to the community. My mom who has been a social worker for over 40 years certainly showed me the ropes. I’ve worked with families that are involved with the Division for Family and Child Services, adolescents who are experiencing behavioral challenges, adults who are struggling with substance abuse and dependency, and adults who have intellectual disabilities. I’ve also served young people (ages 16-24) who are experiencing homelessness and escaping trafficking at Covenant House Georgia for the last decade. This has been the most impactful work in my career because each and everyday I get to live out God’s Providence by meeting the needs of His suffering children. At Covenant House, I oversee our Workforce Development Programs, Academic Support, and the Drop-in Center. Doing the work has humbled me and made me more resilient. This work isn’t always easy and can be mentally and physically draining, but safe, stable housing is a human right not a privilege, and I will continue to stand in solidarity with individuals who are denied this right..
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I certainly enjoy being in the company of friends and family. There are so many great places in the city to visit for fine dining and drinks (Oceanaire, STK, Ray’s on the River, The Garden Room, Breakfast at Barney’s). Upbeet and Tassili’s are my favorites for when I want to eat healthy. Jeni’s Ice Cream and Cafe Intermezzo for your desserts, of course! I enjoy street art, fresh air & the sound of water, so we’ll definitely be squeezing in a photo shoot and a hiking trip.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My amazing parents, Greg and Louise Farris, for modeling what genuine compassion and being a servant leader in the community looks like.
My husband, Justin McBeth Sr., for being my biggest cheerleader and always pushing me to strive for greatness even when I’m doubting myself.
My son, Justin McBeth Jr., for introducing me to a level of patience and resilience that I didn’t know I had. He’s made me a better human being.
My employer, Covenant House Georgia, for allowing me to live out my God given purpose for the last decade.
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