A View From the Top
My career at Resurrection House began almost 13 years ago. The Director of Development position became available with the retirement of co-founder Bob Kyllonen.
I still remember portions of the interview process. One question centered on my belief in the endowment and my ability to increase what was started under Bob. I was very impressed by the Board members asking the questions and their commitment to the organization.
David Proch had just been named Executive Director. Because of the mutual respect we had for each other, Dave and I worked well together and became good friends. I learned about the homeless from him.
One comment often made by Dave was that “he seldom planned his day, he just showed up.”
Until I replaced him, I really did not understand what he meant. Now I do.
Putting the mission of Resurrection House into daily practice and serving 150 homeless creates circumstances that cannot be planned in advance.
My daily routine is made much easier by a great staff. With a morning and an afternoon shift of volunteers each day, the variety of temperaments, talents and convictions makes for a lively day.
Two highlights stand out. The Resurrection House endowment has increased by over 10-fold of over $2 million. Our front door has been the entry point for 50 homeless veterans to receive permanent housing.
Recently, a quick decision that had to be made illustrates what I love about my job. We learned of a 77 year old female who, through no fault of her own, was about to be put on the street and become homeless.
With no family, a small dog, and limited income, she could not manage to afford new housing. Resurrection House stepped forward with the first and last months payment of over $2,000 on an apartment. We were also assured that Meals-on-Wheels would provide food and she would get daily visits to check on her well-being.
We had no time to check with our generous donors, but I firmly believe they would want us to spend their donations in this manner. To help an individual in need is the meaning of the life we live at Resurrection House.