Changes at The Caring Place

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 12/16/17

Fnancial issues at The Caring Place have resulted in the change or elimination of  two of the administrative staff positions, including executive director.Both Dr.

Randy Howard, executive …

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Changes at The Caring Place

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Fnancial issues at The Caring Place have resulted in the change or elimination of  two of the administrative staff positions, including executive director.

Both Dr. Randy Howard, executive director, and Toni Miles, director of Organization Advancement, voluntarily resigned from the organization this past week.

Miles' position will be absorbed into the remaining staff, while Corinne Freeman, director of social work with The Caring Place, will assume Howard’s duties on an interim basis.

“There is a community relations aspect (in the executive Director position), as well as relating the community and board with vision, overall strategy, budgetary and otherwise,” Howard said.

He has been in discussions with the board on financial issues for the past six months, and a decision was made for him and Miles to move from the organization due to the budget.

Howard had a background in ministry with the Church of God of Prophecy for around 20 years before moving to The Caring Place around two years ago. He had worked with The Caring Place years before.

“2017 has been a challenging year for The Caring Place,” Howard said. “2016 was a banner year for The Caring Place. So we got together over the summer and talked about the finances. We recognized t we were top heavy and recognized we needed some downsizing and restructuring.

The changes made, Howard said, “are to safeguard the services we have always provided, and there will be no change in providing those services. We will continue to operate based on our motto of 'meeting needs with love.'"

Howard stated more than 1,000 families are assisted each month by The Caring Place, and there are 150 or so volunteers who help the organization.

"All of that is stable — the Sac Pac program, social work services, food distribution, clothing, and what we like to term as 'spiritual enrichment' and all of that will continue at The Caring Place, and these changes will secure that," Howard said. "The Caring Place will live on.

"This downsizing will take away the risk that we were susceptible to," he added.

Howard said he has confidence in Freeman continuing the work of The Caring Place with her background in social services and heading up programs such as Starfish.

"She has the academic background. She has the experience, and the great mentoring background — and we have a great confidence in Corinne carrying on the work of The Caring Place," Howard said. "Yes, she will carry the title of interim executive director, but we like to think of the future brightly with Corinne, and she has the support of Dennis Conover, our director of operations."

Howard said he and Miles have "no doubt about the future of The Caring Place."

He said he has not decided what to do next.

"I will call the next six months a vacation, and then decide what to do in the future," Howard said. He said he plans on volunteering at The Caring Place as he knows the good works the organization does, and wants to stay involved.




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