Chris Jones is the founder and director of LIVEfree Project Newcastle.
Growing up in community is something to which Chris Jones was accustomed. Her family life included time spent feeding others and helping people in crisis. Making room for one more is a mantra in Chris’ life.
She is extremely grateful for the opportunity, and support of others, to bring connection and support to people, including through the LIVEfree Project charity she founded.
The Adamstown-based charity provides families who have experienced hardship through violence, drug abuse or poverty with practical support programs. These include a kids’ dental program, school drop offs, in school mentoring and family groceries. The charity’s success is partly due to lessons Chris learned working with vulnerable communities in Uganda, Thailand, Nepal and the Philippines.
Her community work was recognised in 2021, when she was named a Westfield local hero.
She is married to Mat – her husband of 36 years.
They have four daughters, four grandchildren and two foster children. They always make room for one more – in their home, at their table or in their hearts.
Time with family at home
Whether it is watching a movie, making homemade pizzas or chatting on the back deck or around the fire pit, I love having family close by and all around me.
Holidays at the beach
I love our family holidays at Cabarita Beach. Sunshine and the summer days with family and a book by the pool.
Faith and community
For me, faith is to believe that hope truly can make a difference. It stabilises and holds me every day. I am encouraged and sustained by my faith community – they are genuine and full of heart.
My grandchildren and foster children
I love children, their sense of wonder and their goodness. Their laughter and smiles make my world all the richer. In the harshness of life that I often see, their little lives make everything better.
Pots of tea
Life is hectic. My escape is going to a café to enjoy a pot of tea and taking in the conversations or the view around me. It’s time out – a chance to exhale and remain grounded.