Journey Home Board Chair, Mark Fox, Passes Gavel to Betsy Crum, Executive Director of the Connecticut Housing Coalition
At the Journey Home Annual Meeting in June, Mark Fox (left) completed his term as Chair of the Board of Directors. Mark Fox has been the backbone of Journey Home since 2007, when he served as the Transitional Manager for Journey Home during the search for an Executive Director. He joined the Board of Directors in 2008, and served as Board Treasurer from 2009 until 2012. In June, he completed two years of service as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Journey Home. Journey Home was barely a year old when Mr. Fox joined the board, and since that point, Mark has sustained, strengthened, and grown the organization. He personally helped to incubate and nurture the nonprofit organization in order for it to become a more established agency. Mr. Fox has provided Journey Home with financial expertise from his banking background, bookkeeping, fund development, human resources, and most importantly, compassionate leadership on the issue of homelessness. His vision for a community without chronic homelessness has been the keystone that led Journey Home to develop numerous innovative projects. No one is more worthy of recognition than Mr. Fox for each person that has been positively impacted by Journey Home.
Betsy Crum (right) joined Journey Home’s Board of Directors in 2012, and has already been an incredible asset to the organization. Her gifts in strategic direction have helped guide the organization to hone its mission and focus on areas where the greatest impact can be had. Her 30 years of knowledge and experience in affordable and supportive housing and community development are strengths that few others can claim. She has held many senior positions and is currently the Executive Director of the Connecticut Housing Coalition, which gives her an understanding and authority on board development and nonprofit management. Her skills and expertise will no doubt be very instrumental in strengthening and propelling Journey Home into the future.
Sarah Trench (left) recently graduated with a Sociology degree from New York University’s College of Arts and Science. She is currently working on attaining a Master of Public Administration from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, but is taking a year off from her studies to gain some real world experience working as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA). While studying at NYU, she studied abroad for a semester in Madrid, Spain. Previously, Sarah worked as a research assistant for the “Connecting Youth: Digital Learning Research Project” at NYU. With her education and work experience, she hopes to work on improving social policy through research and evaluation in the future. Sarah is serving as the Housing Innovations Coordinator VISTA at Journey Home.
Mollie Greenwood (right) graduated from Gettysburg College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Globalization Studies, and a minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies. During college she had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Amman, Jordan. After graduating, Mollie served for a year in City Year New Hampshire where she worked as a full time classroom tutor in an urban elementary school. Mollie is passionate about social justice and encouraging conversations between diverse groups of people. She is very excited to be working in the Greater Hartford community this year. Mollie is serving as the Coordinated Access and Employment Opportunities VISTA.
The Travelers Championship PGA golf tournament took place June 16-22nd at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT. Birdies for Charity is a fundraiser presented by CohnReznick where nonprofits collect donations and pledges for their organizations based on the number of birdies (a score of one stroke better than par for any golf hole) made during the 2014 Travelers Championship. These funds are further leveraged by the Birdies for Charity Bonus Bucks Program, from which each participating organization will receive an additional award in the amount of 15% of total donations/pledges solicited during the fundraiser thanks to a generous donation from the sponsoring organization.
Journey Home, with the help of a dedicated Board of Directors, was able to raise over $17,000 through this fundraiser from our dedicated donors, equaling almost $20,000 with the inclusion of the Bonus Bucks, to go towards ending chronic homelessness in Greater Hartford. Because of this extraordinary show of support, Journey Home was awarded a booth in the Fan Zone for one full day at the tournament where we were able to get some valuable exposure and raise awareness for our organization among the 50,000 fans that attend the tournament each year. On behalf of the entire staff and Board of Journey Home, we would like to express our immense gratitude for the generous contributions made by all of our donors. We rely on the generosity of supporters like you to continue our work in the Greater Hartford community.