After twenty-one years with Bethesda Cares, I’m retiring November 15, 2017.
I have said for years, why would I retire? I love my job, love our mission and adore the people I work with in the office and the community. Alas, all good things do come to an end. This feels like a good time. We are poised to end chronic homelessness. It is time to look and plan for the future of how best we can further serve our clients. Exciting changes are in process.
The constant here, of course, is you: our community, our supporters, thinkers, volunteers and colleagues. Thank you for all you do to make our county a wonderful place to live. Thank you for accepting that community encompasses all, not just a few. Thank you for your advice, solace, energy and love.
In the upcoming months, I hope to see many of you to thank you in person. It has been an incredible privilege to work at Bethesda Cares. I have learned so much, especially from our clients. I have learned bravery, deep seated courage in the face of terrible odds, resilience, ability to push on against all odds, all served with self- deprecating humor.
But there is still much left for us to do to change systems that don’t serve but hold poor people down. The feeder systems to homelessness from foster care to our behavioral health system are being studied and slowly changed.
Please keep working, I know I will.
Susan W. Kirk