Jake Harrelson is a committed advocate for social justice, mental health, and the eradication of homelessness. As a Health Sciences student, he combines academic rigor with compassionate activism, offering a unique and informed perspective to the board of Pathways Vermont. Specializing in psychedelic medicine, he aspires to revolutionize mental health treatments by providing trauma-informed solutions.
Since childhood, Jake has been actively involved in various volunteer roles aimed at alleviating homelessness. His experience ranges from serving food in soup kitchens to volunteering as a grant writer for homelessness nonprofits in Massachusetts, and acting as an overnight host for the Interfaith Hospitality Network. This long-standing commitment enriches his contributions to the Housing First Standing Committee and the Zoning Amendment Subcommittee in Bellows Falls, where he works to create impactful policy changes.
In addition to his academic and activist roles, Jake is a trained percussionist and serves as the Treasurer of the Board for the Thurston Consort, a classical music ensemble in central Massachusetts. His musical background complements his holistic approach to well-being and activism. Jake is also a regular attendee of Burning Man, embracing its principles of radical self-expression and community.
Since 2020, Jake has been a client of Pathways Vermont, deepening his understanding of the organization’s mission and the challenges faced by those it serves.
Jake’s multifaceted commitment to freedom, equality, and well-being makes him a valuable asset to Pathways Vermont. He is excited to contribute his diverse skills and passions to the organization, working collaboratively to innovate mental health solutions and make strides in ending homelessness. Jake firmly believes that everyone deserves a chance at healing and a safe place to call home.