Since joining our team in June, Katie Chapman, a Social Work graduate of Texas Woman’s University, has been a catalyst in strengthening our agency’s mission, vision, and values. Katie’s commitment to our mission is seen through both her actions and the positivity and altruism she carries with her, as well as her steadfast dedication to bettering the lives of the vulnerable populations we serve. Katie not only serves as a Case Manager for our Rapid Rehousing, Transitional Housing, and Street Outreach programs, but is an active change agent within the community through selfless volunteering. Natural leaders like Katie Chapman bring promise to our community’s goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.
Each one of us could probably give an example of someone who impacted our life in a way that changed how we view ourselves, the world, or both. People who have stopped us in our tracks and held us accountable to live up to our potential. Some might call them role models. I call them game changers. There have been plenty in my own life to be certain, but none so significant as those at Giving Hope.
Wisdom and determination are a powerful combination, and Giving Hope’s Board of Directors have both in abundance. In my many years of community outreach, I have never seen a better example of servant leadership than I have encountered at Giving Hope. Board members, even the executive kind, often times see their involvement in a nonprofit organization as mostly ceremonial, excepting large checks and posing for the grip and grin that makes us all Facebook Famous. This is certainly not the case here at Giving Hope, where day-to-day operations were managed by the most remarkable game changers in all of Texas, Giving Hope’s Board of Directors, as the search for an Executive Director was underway.
It is a privilege to know them and an honor to join them as together we lead the way forward.
It takes a special brand of loyalty to your organization’s mission to drop everything at a moment’s notice to pitch in on the front lines of a service delivery agency. That is the sign of a true partner. Courtney Cross, of United Way Denton, showed that kind of loyalty when she stepped in as Program Coordinator during our recent transition. Change management can be daunting, often messy, and occasionally hazardous, but Courtney proved she has the know how to get things done. Thanks to our partner, United Way, and to Courtney Cross for making it possible for us to continue to serve our community in the midst of change.
Giving Hope to individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness through advocacy, community collaboration, and rental assistance.