Please help us give a very warm welcome to our new Executive Director, Mary Jo Powers! She wanted to share a bit about the path that brought her to Homeward Bound:
I was drawn to Homeward Bound because I believe that we all share the responsibility to help everyone obtain their basic needs of food, water, air, and shelter. These are not things that we should have to earn. Homeward Bound lives that philosophy every single day. We believe that all people have a right to a home, regardless of their addiction, their illness, or any other circumstances.
I began college planning on majoring in Business and climbing the corporate ladder, but I was quickly drawn to a path to help others. It was part of my DNA. So I changed my degree to Sociology and my first job after was as a residential counselor working with girls in crisis. That set my future course. I went back to school to get my Master’s in Social Work and ever since I have worked to help those in need. I’ve committed my entire career of over thirty years to the non-profit human services sector and I do not regret a minute of it.
Last year Homeward Bound housed 392 people. That’s an amazing number, but our goal is to end homelessness, so we have our work cut out for us.
In the coming years we will enhance existing programming, improve our facilities, develop housing for our clients in a tight housing market, and strengthen relationships with our community partners. We cannot do this work alone. We need your continued support! We rely on government, local businesses, corporations, foundations, and donors to continue the pursuit of ending homelessness.
I look forward to working with all of you on the journey and I am honored to be here!