Be Human. Be Kind.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed humans can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead
Meet Katie. A Texas mother of 4 from Fort Worth, Texas. Katie and her husband Matt became connected to Ukraine in 2015 through an international host program that brings Ukrainian orphans to America for short-term placement in families. Katie and Matt hosted their first Ukrainian orphan in December 2016. They quickly fell in love and started the international adoption process to adopt their 15-year-old "son". Unfortunately their adoption was not finalized. However, their family hosted several more Ukrainian orphans over the years. During this time, Katie visited Ukraine and fell in love with the culture and country.
As soon as the war started, through her relationships with Ukrainian based orphanages, adoption agencies and faith based organizations, Katie started fundraising and delivering humanitarian aid inside Ukraine. Her fundraising efforts allowed for a local church in the Nickolaev region, to purchase a 13 passenger van to evacuate people to the closest borders. Generous donations from friends and family were used to purchase hundreds of food items needed for families waiting to evacuate.
After weeks of assisting the Humanitarian crisis from aboard, Katie traveled to Warsaw, Poland. She worked with non-profits providing immediate need for shelter, food and safety. Katie housed refugee families in a local church and assisted in their relocation to 4 countries across Europe. She also spent numerous days in the Warsaw train stations connecting with refugee families and helping fund immediate needs such as transportation, child care and housing. Katie also spent time on the Medyka border, the largest border crossing out of Ukraine, welcoming families who left their homes and lives behind and traveled to another country with nothing but what they can carry. These experiences provided her with a comprehensive view of the refugee crisis and the complicated network of services needed for refugees to relocate.
It was during this time on the front line that Katie noticed the urgent need for humanitarian aid and services for resettlement assistance for refugees. BeHumanKindness was founded from this experience and the time she spent with refugees hearing their stories and future hopes.
Jenna is an energetic and collaborative marketing professional with over a decade of experience serving in both the non-profit and western world. Jenna’s love for non-profit organizations and giving back to the community began at a young age but developed in 2008 through an internship with Make-A-Wish Nebraska. One of her favorite days on the job was being able to grant the wish of Cayden, who wished to become a pop star! Being able to give a wish family hope, strength, and joy through a child’s wish is something she will cherish forever.
After Make-A-Wish, Jenna began working as the Event Marketing Manager at Rural Media Group (RMG). Throughout her time at RMG, Jenna has helped plan, execute, and market some of the company's most significant events, including, The American Rodeo, The Tournament of Roses Parade, The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, The National FFA Convention, 100 Rodeos in 100 Days, and many more. Her passion for bringing a company's mission and vision to life through events helped catapult her career with the company. In 2019 Jenna was named the Chief Marketing Officer for Rural Media Group and moved down to the Fort Worth Stockyards to help launch The Cowboy Channel. During her time in Fort Worth, Jenna helped build a new marketing team, helped secure western programming for the network, and shared The Cowboy Channel's story with local and national media partners.
Jenna now resides in Nashville, TN, with her husband Sean and their two Labradoodles, Henley and Harriet. When Jenna is not working, you can find her spending time with her family or in her crafting room listening to Taylor Swift.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Home Away from Home House Manager
Meet Yana. Yana and her daughter, Katya, are originally from Zelenodolsk, Ukraine. She is a graduate of the Odessa National Polytechnic University specializing in thermal power plants engineering. Until very recently, Yana has worked as a commercial agent at the Cisdnieper Railways, a regional operator of the Ukrainian Railways, headquartered in Dnipro. She worked there for over 14 years and talks fondly of her work family. Living in Poland since March, Yana has helped her work family find resources for evacuating Ukraine and sends as much aid and money back to Ukraine as she can for her colleagues who are fighting on the front lines. Yana has also taken courses in psychology as an additional enrichment activity at the local House of Pioneers in Zelenodolsk.
Katya is 10 years old and has been attending school in Poland since April. She loves all things girl. She looks forward to when Katie comes to visit because they get to go shopping together. Katya's dad is fighting for Ukraine in the eastern regions. He calls her daily and is greatly missed in her daily life.
Once the war in Ukraine broke out, Yana's hometown turned into a target for Russian shelling and heavy bombardment. Today, Yana’s native Zelenodolsk lies about 10 miles east of the front line. A loving mother, Yana has a 10-year-old daughter Katya; she and Yana had no choice but to leave for Warsaw,
Yana and Katya were one of the first refugees that Katie and BEHUMANKINDNESS met on March 22, 2022, at the Central Train Station. They are very special as they inpspired the framework for BEHUMANKINDNESS of empowering women to make long term decision for a better stable life for their childnren.
Yana is a refugee.
Meet Yehor. Yehor was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine, He came to Warsaw 2 years ago to study at Leon Kozminski Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management in Warsaw, He is in Poland working towards a Bachelor in Management, with an emphasis in Finance and Economics. Previously, Yehor was an exchange student at University of Victoria, Canada. He took courses in International Finance, Strategic Management, International Marketing, Cross-cultural Management, and Social Entrepreneurship. Yehor is a polymath; he teaches English and English literature, works as a translator, speaks 5 languages—Ukrainian, Russian,English, Spanish, and Polish—and is learning Portuguese and Cantonese. Egor is a human and animal rights activist.
Now, at the age of 20, he is working for BeHumanKindness as the Operations Manager for our BHK Home away from Home in Warsaw, Poland. Yehor is our BHK jack-of-many-trades; IKEA assembly, shopping, technical support and handy man.
Yehor enjoys helping our Ukrainian families get used to their new country and lifestyle, occasionally interpreting for them. He is also starting English classes for the children in our Home.
Yehor's mother and sister are refugees and will move into our home at the end of the summer.
Yehor is a refugee.