New Adventures for Executive Director
The Someplace Safe Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Jeanne Jacobs, Executive Director, effective October 16, 2011. The Board is very appreciative of the huge contribution Jeanne has made to Someplace Safe and the accomplishments during her years of service.
Please read Jeanne's farewell message, which can also be found in our Fall 2011 Newsletter
"The printing of this newsletter marks the end of my position as Executive Director of Someplace Safe. The time has come for me to move on to new adventures! It is with deep appreciation for this experience that I leave the agency in the capable hands of a dedicated Board of Directors, passionate and knowledgeable staff, and a broader base of community support and donors throughout the region.
Programmatic highlights from the past four years include: a new, safer, and better equipped emergency Shelter; expanded Parenting Time Center locations and services throughout the region; and streamlined agency processes, services, and statistical reporting practices. A strengths-based team building approach has resulted in greater cohesiveness and connection among staff. Electronic bookkeeping and payroll, and donor management software is helping to streamline our work behind the scenes.
A modern, comprehensive website and growing social media presence have improved our ability to both offer services and connect with victims and survivors on a new level.
Enhanced board involvement and engagement through board orientation, annual board retreats, strategic planning, board leadership academies, and board fundraising activities have strengthened the agency as a whole.
The Someplace Safe Thrift Store in Alexandria has provided an opportunity for communities to become more involved in giving through donations of goods and volunteer time. It has also expanded our partnerships to Rural MN CEP, Division of Rehabilitation Services, Experience Works, and Man Power, to mention a few.
Sheila Korby, dedicated, passionate, knowledgeable, and competent staff person will assume the interim duties of Executive Director pending the board search for a permanent director.
I truly appreciate and honor the staff, board members, community members, and donors who supported me, and ultimately Someplace Safe, during the past four years. I leave with the knowledge that we have instilled more deeply than ever the work of Someplace Safe as a vital asset in each of our communities. Thank you for the adventure!"
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