With gratitude for your support of the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP), I am writing with some news that I wanted you to hear from me. After serving as the Executive Director of HPP for the past 32 years, I am beginning to plan my retirement. This summer, I plan on stepping aside from my day-to-day leadership role to assume a new role as Founder which will focus on a new special project.
I am excited for the opportunity that this change brings for HPP, and I am confident that a new Executive Director will bring a fresh vision to carry the agency into its next 30 years. I am also proud to make this change knowing how set the agency is for ongoing success: the Executive Team, management and staff are not only dedicated and compassionate, but they are smart, resourceful and truly inspiring.
HPP’s Board of Directors has known about my intentions for some time, and has been hard at work prepping and planning the transition process. They will be working with a search firm to hire the agency’s next leader. I have great gratitude for the Board’s leadership and absolute confidence in their process.
As for my special project: we bought the building next door to HPP! We did so with the hope of expanding the agency’s services and creating affordable, permanent housing for families. My new role will be focused entirely on seeing this project from permits to blueprints to family move-in. Stay tuned!
Over the years, HPP has earned a reputation in the community due much in part to its staff, its families, its volunteers and its supporters. We all have helped to shape HPP into what it is today — and what it will be tomorrow. Thank you, now as always, for being a part of our work.
Martha RyanFounder & Executive Director