This communication is intended to bring you up to date on what has happened since the merger of House of Charity and St. Stephen’s Human Services on January 1 of this year.
We have seen a whirlwind of activity and challenges since the start of the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd. Both of these events have brought changes in how our newly merged organization delivers services and how we are approaching the anti-racism work that is essential to justice and equity for our clients. Still, with all of this, we remain enthusiastic about the future and what we can accomplish in the lives of people experiencing homelessness.
On Monday, June 7, Deborah Moses announced her decision to leave her position as Executive Director of our newly merged organization and join her family in Los Angeles. It was a heartfelt and personal decision and one that the Board respects.
While it is a difficult loss for us at a time of significant transition, we want you to know that the Board remains fully committed to completing the integration required of our merger, supporting staff during this period, and finding a qualified leader to replace Deb.
To this end, the Board’s Executive Committee has met with Deb to discuss a transition plan. Cheryl Jensen, who has been working as a consultant with the organization and is familiar with the staff, the Board and our important mission, has agreed to serve as interim Executive Director as we begin a national search for a new Executive Director to lead the organization through this new chapter.
We recognize the importance of what can be achieved through the merger and what is at stake in the lives of the people we serve. We also recognize the tremendous and unfaltering efforts of our staff members during this past very difficult year. Thank you to all who have partnered with us, supported us, and maintained a steadfast focus on our goal of ending homelessness. The Board is committed to ensuring that St. Stephen’s/House of Charity remains a strong organization dedicated to our mission and effective at helping those we serve to find a pathway out of homelessness.
We will keep you informed as our efforts progress.
If, at any time, you have questions or concerns you’d like to talk to us about, you can reach out to Paul Verrette, Director of Advancement & Community Engagement via email:
Again, thank you for your support and your work on behalf of those we serve as well as our staff who make this critical work possible. We could not accomplish any of this without you.