Has it really been 15 years? It seems like yesterday that I was hired as Director of Development for Resurrection House. The calendar might have read January 2008, but in my head and heart it seems like only a few days ago.
Working with the homeless has readjusted my perspective on what is truly important in one’s life. Becoming the Executive Director over seven years ago has changed me in so many ways.
The most lasting lesson I have learned over all the years–when you take the time and effort to help another individual, you end up helping yourself. I did not realize it at the time, but a part of me became more caring, less self-centered and an overall calm person.
At Resurrection House, when a homeless individual makes the decision to change his or her lifestyle, the staff immediately determines the path that will result in the greatest success and provide the steps to accomplish the goal. It is in helping them that the charity and compassion spills over to the individual assisting the change.
I have been fortunate enough to be involved in the decision to use our resources to partner in making the change in others. It is truly a blessing to experience seeing the positive results in others.
I leave my tenure at Resurrection House with a grateful heart and a feeling of accomplishment. I owe a great debt to the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers for their efforts and compassion in helping to complete our mission on a daily basis. I feel certain that Resurrection House will succeed in continuing to help the most underserved population among us.
Resurrection House, Inc.
P.O. Box 398
507 Kumquat Court
Sarasota, FL 34236
Open Mon – Thurs 8:30am – 2pm
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