There has certainly been no shortage of change at EGH over the past year, and I’m excited to share plans around what’s next.
But first I want to highlight what is, or has been. A year has gone by since our Day Center expansion was completed. In that span of time, new programs emerged (such as showers, established resting space, knitting, Qigong, Coordinated Entry for All assessments, and managing finances classes.) We welcomed two new employees (Elizabeth Stevenson, our Development Manager, and Cynthia Morehouse Dugan, our Day Center Coordinator,) as well as three new board members (Roger Morris, Glen Garrison and Jay Corker Free.) We were honored by gifts of financial support from new sources, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bravo Roofing, and Wheat Ridge Ministries.
So what’s next?
We bid farewell to Maisy Lane, who has served as Program Manager since September 2015, and welcome Christine Carr in that capacity effective July 1st. July also marks the first time that EGH joins United Way of King County as a partner agency, enabling us to participate in their coordinated efforts to combat homelessness. We are in the throes of developing new programs derived from client-identified needs, such as job readiness skills training and onsite health care screenings and referrals. We will be managing a much-needed refurbishing of our transitional house furniture, thanks to the generosity of the Archibald Foundation.
Our capacity to fulfill our mission of providing a welcoming and respectful refuge where homeless and at-risk women have access to compassionate care would not be possible without the synergistic efforts of employees, volunteers, board and advisory council members, and the community of individual friends and donors.
With deepest gratitude for all of your support, I thank you.