I am writing to share with you that I will be retiring from CCEH at the end of 2022. My eight years as Executive Director at CCEH have been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling roles I have ever had. I have been amazed and humbled by the resiliency, creativity and compassion of the people experiencing homelessness that we serve. And I have been utterly blown away by the generosity of you, our donors, volunteers, supporters and partners. You have contributed your wisdom, your time and energy, your passion, and your funds to move our mission forward, and we would not be where we are today if it were not for you.
With your support, CCEH has taken great strides during my tenure. Together, we were able to purchase the Tom Fredenburg House for an expanded daytime Resource Center, build a new Emergency Winter Shelter, and create our “Housing First Concord” permanent supportive housing program for 15 individuals. We renovated the Green Street property into four apartments, and we purchased the West Street triplex as housing for people exiting homelessness. We have just embarked on our next renovation project, where we plan to create eight apartments on Pleasant Street. And of course, we navigated Covid-19, including the purchase of the First Church building as an interim location for the Resource Center and Emergency Winter Shelter to help prevent the spread of Covid. We are poised to soon have an accurate, dynamic “by name list” of every chronically homeless person in Concord, and we are sharpening our focus on creating more permanent housing opportunities.
While I have been “at the reins” for all these accomplishments, it was your support that truly made it all possible, and I will forever cherish the opportunity I have had to be part of this team effort! Our Board of Directors has formed a search committee, and we have allowed ample time for a smooth transition once a replacement has been identified. CCEH is in a strong position: our finances are healthy, and we have a dedicated staff, including a leadership team with diverse skills. Our Board of Directors is knowledgeable, committed and fully engaged in continuing to make CCEH a leader in responding to and ending homelessness in Concord.
It’s been a privilege and an honor to work for the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness for the past eight years. I look forward to watching CCEH as it continues to grow and evolve and reach the goal of ending chronic homeless in Concord!
Ellen Groh, Executive Director