Samaritan village has had an incredible start to our year. We have increased our capacity from 4 to 6 survivors of trafficking, purchased a van- with the help of Summit Church and the Heart of the City Foundation, and are in the process of expanding our Board of Directors by 2 new members. It is an exciting time of growth and change for Samaritan Village as a ministry and also for me as Executive Director. After months of prayer, my husband and I are acting in joyful obedience to God’s calling for me to transition from Executive Director to Board member of Samaritan Village, starting in August. This change is motivated by two factors, the first being God’s calling on me to serve my family with greater intentionality, time and focus. Specifically, I will be leaving the workforce in order to stay home, raising and homeschooling our children Lily and Langston. My husband and I are clear that God is directing us to focus on our children during these pivotal years, as well as to support and care for our larger family, including us welcoming my mother-in-law into our home.
The second factor in my transition is one of natural response to the growth and development of Samaritan Village as a ministry. Over the past two years, with God’s help, Samaritan Village’s Survivor Services has come to be synonymous with best practices, safe housing, effective recovery programming, and trauma-informed care. With our residential therapeutic program being well established and under the incomparable leadership of our Program Manager, Jenny Brodnax, it is now time to focus on further growth and development at the organizational level. Our hope is that during this next season Samaritan Village will be extending its reach and effectiveness and bringing healing and wholeness to more survivors of exploitation as they journey to healing and wholeness. This new focus calls for bringing in new leadership with a skillset reflective of the expanding needs of the ministry.
Over the past two years, I have endeavored to serve God and our community in the fight against human trafficking through my leadership as Executive Director of Samaritan Village. I look forward to continuing to participate in the fight as both an active and passionate member of the Samaritan Village Board of Directors and remaining active in therapeutic oversight, consultation for our survivor services, and building relationships with our community partners.
We will begin our search for the new Executive Director of Samaritan Village promptly. If you, or someone you know are passionate about fighting human trafficking and have experience in non-profit management and leadership, please visit our website, www.samaritanvillage.net, go to the “Get Involved” tab where the Job Description and details for the application process are posted.