Jada Foster, modeling make-up
Jada (on the right) celebrating with MUM friends at an outdoor event
Jada painting the interior of Fairfield's newest Habitat home
Jada meeting with Iowa's Lt. Governor, Kim Reynolds, as part of Habitat for Humanity's Day at the Capitol event
Jada Foster – In Pursuit of Safe Housing for All
Jada Foster grew up in Granite City, Illinois, on the edge of East Saint Louis, and started acting at age 13. She studied media, television, and radio at Murray State University in Kentucky for two years, then moved to Los Angeles to work in radio, television, theater, and fashion.
Although her career was going well, Jada had the desire to experience life on a deeper level, so she moved to Woodbourne, New York, to work on a yoga ranch. That’s where she heard about MUM from one of the guests, and a few months later she was in Fairfield. Jada received her BA in media and communications in 2012, and since then has worked in social media, as well as serving as director of alumni outreach at MUM. She has also continued to work as an actor, voice-over talent, and model.
Jada’s experience with Consciousness-BasedSM education and the Transcendental Meditation® technique has increased her awareness of her purpose in life. “MUM enhanced and enlivened my core gifts and helped me realize that you can always have the best of both worlds – be it your need to be on the stage, or your need to nurture a community that deserves your attention,” she said.
Jada is now using her communication and networking skills as executive director of the Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and renovating affordable housing with the help of sponsors and volunteers. One of Jada’s goals is to incorporate sustainability into her projects by refurbishing older homes in addition to building new ones. Her special focus is to provide adequate housing for women and children.
“I’ve encountered many single mothers in Fairfield with less-than-adequate housing,” said Jada. “Every child should have consistency and stability, and that starts with a roof over their heads.” One of the projects she is currently planning is called “Rock the Block,” which will aim to beautify and repair one block of housing in the Fairfield area.