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Dear Friends,

It is with a mix of grief and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Vicki McCuistion’s departure as Executive Director of The Barnabas Connection October 23, 2017. Since 2004, Vicki has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor as the Disaster Response Logistics Coordinator for the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. In her new position she will be coordinating and developing resources to aid in the extensive Harvey Recovery.

We want to thank her for the 13 years of dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments, including:

  • Growing an idea of an outreach ministry of the Wimberley United Methodist Church to a community supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
  • Developing the Back to School Fiesta that annually provides backpacks, school supplies, new shoes and many other resources for 500+ local students attending school in Wimberley.
  • Advocating for policy changes with Pedernales Electric Cooperative that led to a strong working relationship, as well as a process for lowering fees and increasing access to assistance for lower income clients; changes that impacted the whole PEC service area.
  • Increasing the vision for effective community transformation that engages clients in their own success.  This vision led to the development of the Christmas Store in 2014, a program that provides and restores dignity to families in need around the holidays.
  • Immediately responding to the Wimberley floods with leadership and thoughtfulness resulting in $1.3 million in donations, long term recovery case management for local survivors, and aiding in the creation of the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T) tasked with managing disaster recovery for Blanco, Hays, Caldwell, and Guadalupe counties.
  • Partnering with ecumenical, civic, individual and corporate entities on all Barnabas programs.
  • And most recently in September, combining services of the two Barnabas offices (flood recovery and regular services) into one location located at 501 Old Kyle Rd, in the metal building best accessed off Blue Hole Rd.

Over the next few months, the Board will be conducting a search to find the new Barnabas Connection Executive Director. During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organization. A job announcement will be shared over the next few months and any help you can provide in identifying candidates who can help the Barnabas Connection continue along this successful trajectory is appreciated. Gina Maples and Daphne Smith will continue in their roles as flood recovery case manager and Operation Good Shepherd assistant respectively.

We cannot thank Vicki enough for the dedication, passion, and enthusiasm she has given the Barnabas Connection over the past 13 years. She will be greatly missed by the staff, Board, volunteers and partners alike. We look forward to following the success of her career and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of the Barnabas Connection as we continue to support our community in assisting people in need through education, advocacy, and direct services.

If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at sailpancho@aol.com.

We are so grateful for your continued support.

Frank