We tend to think of ourselves as settled, and, at times in life, we may be. Change -- and how we deal with it -- is really a big part of our lives.
Having just joined the Catholic Charities of Tennessee team, after 12 years with Catholic Charities/Diocese of Allentown (PA), including the last 4 as its executive director, I am certainly experiencing change. Having lived on the East Coast my whole life, Middle Tennessee is definitely a change for me (but one, to be sure, I am extremely excited about!).
After succeeding Bill Sinclair in the role of executive director for this agency, a role he had for some 35 years, our agency staff is definitely experiencing change.
To be honest, though, after reviewing agency annual reports for the past 10 years or so, it appears that change has been a big part of day-to-day life for Catholic Charities of Tennessee staff and volunteers.
Programs come and go, depending on the needs in our community and the support for the services.
Although very different on an individual basis, our clients share something very important in common. They are all seeking change. Where they find themselves in life today is not where they want to be tomorrow.
Whether the families formerly experiencing homelessness rehoused through our Family Empowerment program, the Sewing Training Academy students seeking to learn the higher level skills required to secure full-time employment in Nashville's growing fashion and apparel manufacturing industry, refugees simply wanting a home in a safe place for their children, North Nashville Outreach clients going through financial literacy training in order to not have to ask for financial assistance or the individuals or couples meeting with our Counseling staff to learn techniques to better deal with the stresses of life, all are seeking a change from an unfulfilling past to a hopeful future.
I am very excited to now be a Middle Tennessean and, especially, to be a part of Catholic Charities of Tennessee and its rich story of service. I am truly grateful to Bishop Choby, the Board of Trustees, and the Board's Search Committee for the chance to serve you in this role.
My overriding goal...continue to provide pathways to possibility and hope for our neighbors in need. With your help and support, we can continue to do this for a long, long time.