It’s with a deep mix of emotions that I write to inform you that I have resigned as Executive Director of NeighborLink Fort Wayne effective January, 29th, 2021, after 13 life-transforming years. I began this journey as a young guy trying to find his way professionally, personally, and spiritually 15 years ago first as a volunteer. Those volunteer experiences created a deep conviction that one of the most important things I could do personally was to integrate my faith, vocation, and personal life. My family and I have been on that journey together as we try to give expression to what it means to be a good neighbor.
I have seen far more incredible transformations take place than can be counted through the 10,000+ projects I’ve seen at NeighborLink over the past 13 years. Single moms have their entire homes remodeled while being cared for and mentored by the volunteers. I’ve seen wheelchair-bound individuals leave their home for the first time in over a year because volunteers built them a ramp. I’ve seen dozens of volunteers enter condemned and troubled homes to love neighbors in tangible ways. I’ve seen how a hundred people can donate thousands of dollars in minutes to help a neighbor they’ve never met get a new roof. I’ve seen hundreds of volunteers have similar experiences of personal transformation that I have had, who are now living more generous, engaged, and caring lives because of a few simple projects. Small things really do change neighborhoods.
Thank you for weaving yourself into this journey with NeighborLink in the unique and important way you have. This work is complex and like any complex network, it requires a bit of everyone to work correctly. Because of all of you, I leave NeighborLink with a solid team of committed staff, a foundation of economic and operational stability, and several years of continued growth that gives me the confidence that the best years are yet to come. 2020 was no exception. I encourage you to continue to stay on the journey with us all because the need for neighbor-to-neighbor expressions of God’s love and compassionate care through relational and tangible connectivity and service is more vital than ever. Our board is strong, our staff is committed, and the desire to serve is growing in our community. Our most troubled neighborhoods need people to show up, be present, and learn how to best help by getting to know as many neighbors as possible, which NeighborLink has always been dedicated to.
My family and I will soon begin a new path of our faith-driven journey, with me serving as the Director of Marketing of Sinapis, a global Christian organization that equips faith-driven entrepreneurs to grow companies that change the world.
I truly believe that the next Executive Director of NeighborLink Fort Wayne will lead it with excellence, conviction, and care for the vulnerable in our neighborhoods. Our board has begun the search process for my replacement and I’ll stay connected as long as needed to support that transition even after my final day on January 29th, 2021. Expect a job description and how to apply posted by the end of January.
If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly or our Board President, John Barce at Board@nlfw.org. Our team will keep all of you informed as we navigate this transition.
Grace and Peace,