2015 Perfect Ten Community Hero.
Nathan Monk is a civil rights activist, author, and former Orthodox priest. He resides in Pensacola, FL with his partner Tashina and together they are the parents of three children, Kira, Selena, and Gideon. Though he is best known for his social activism, he has been frequently spotted frolicking with woodland creatures. For more than a decade, Nathan has worked tirelessly for social justice, specifically for the homeless. Nathan holds a Masters Degree in Theology and served as a priest for eight years before resigning in 2013 after stepping out in support of marriage equality. He was subsequently declared de facto excommunicated and defrocked by the hierarchy of the Church, though the Church fell short of formally processing any official declarations of laicization. Currently, he is the executive director of a non-profit that focuses on housing solutions for homeless families. Over his career, he has received notable awards, appointments, and national media for his accomplishments in the area of social justice. He was appointed by Mayor Ashton Hayward III as the co-chair of the Task Force on Human Services, a focus group tasked with finding practical solutions to address homelessness and poverty. The Pensacola City Council also appointed him to the City Planning Board. He received international recognition for helping fight to overturn the city’s notorious “blanket ban” which made it illegal for the homeless to utilize any device to shield themselves from the elements.
Nathan and his family (wife Tashina and children Kira, Selena and Gideon - plus Xena the cat) are also running a huge fundraising and awareness campaign to address the challenges of homelessness for families (did you know that there's an estimated 2.5 million homeless children in the US?) through the development of tiny houses. Their goal? To find sustainable and creative ways to help families stop struggling so that they can live happier, healthier, and less stressful lives.
We wholeheartedly support the Monk Family in their efforts and couldn't be prouder to call Nathan one of 2015 Perfect Ten Community Heroes.