About Us - Staff

Candice Silvas, Executive Director
Sand Castle Shelter for Homeless Families

Candice SilvisCandice joined the Citizens Concerned for the Homeless team in 2017, and is now the Executive Director of Sand Castle. As a lifelong resident of Michigan City, she was previously the Community Resource Coordinator at The Salvation Army of Michigan City, and is currently serving as the 2nd Ward City Council Representative. She is a member of the Head Start of LaPorte County Policy Council, LaPorte County Drug Free Partnership, National Association of Professional Women, the Future Wolves Advisory Committee, Knapp Elementary School PTG, and she volunteers with Junior Achievement of LaPorte County.

As a teenage mother herself, Candice recognizes that had it not been for a handful of people willing to invest in her and to provide proper guidance, her life could have turned out much differently. This knowledge is what makes her passionate about advocating on behalf of others, making Citizens Concerned for the Homeless the perfect organizational fit.


Kasey Mansker, Program Coordinator
Grace Learning Center


Michael Kilbourne

CCH welcomes Mike Kilbourne as Keys to Hope director.  After a three month search, Citizens Concerned for the Homeless is proud to announce the appointment of Mike Kilbourne as Director of the Keys to Hope Community Resource Center.

In January 2016, Mike began coordinating the Street Outreach Program for Keys to Hope, working alongside Ed Seal of the Swanson Center, engaging social service agencies, businesses, pastors, community leaders and those in poverty. Mike believes that partnerships are the best way to help the marginalized of any community.

Mike grew up homeless, with parents who suffered from addiction and mental illness. There were times when Mike’s parents could not even afford shoes for him.

“I remember the pain of poverty like only yesterday and to be truthful, I never expected to have the wonderful life and community I have today. My experience gave me a drive and passion to serve others. Keys to Hope has some fantastic community partnerships we work with under a model we refer to as Coordinated Access. This community is extremely generous and I am very blessed to be a part of the team!”