VANCOUVER – Open House Ministries announced Friday the appointment of Renee Stevens to the position of executive director, effective immediately.
The former senior case manager, Stevens brings 12 years of social service management and homeless provider network experience to her new position.
Board Chairman Dick James said, “Renee brings a depth and understanding of the social service needs for the population we serve and years of working with our strategic partners in Southwest Washington and throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has personally been responsible for forging and strengthening key alliances. Renee is a strong leader internally, in Vancouver and in the region. She is passionate about finding solutions for homeless families.”
The announcement comes as a result of former Director Wayne Garlington’s decision 12 months ago of plans to retire in early 2017. In light of the news, the Board of Directors formulated a transition plan which included an external and internal search for a new executive director.
Effective immediately Garlington is stepping aside to assume the position as project manager for the organization’s Multi-Purpose Building Project while remaining available to assist Stevens in the transition. Garlington joined the Open House Board of Directors in 2003 and has served as executive director since 2012.
“Working with Renee for the last dozen years has given me an appreciation for the unique talents she brings to Open House,” Garlington said. “She has been at the core of our programs, remaining true to our mission while always looking ahead. Renee continues to be a visionary and champion for the needs of homeless mothers, fathers and children. She is an inspiration to residents and staff alike.”
“I am looking forward to continuing to serve our homeless families and our amazing partner organizations in this new capacity,” Stevens said. “I am dedicated to this work because it provides vital services and hope for a new life to the homeless. I have seen the Open House Ministries experience change lives and help people start over who otherwise would not have had a chance. I am honored and blessed to be given this opportunity to serve.”
Founded in 1986, Open House Ministries is a faith based community organization, helping homeless families by providing shelter, intervention, and Christ-based, life-saving programs.