Board Member Reflects on God’s Work at Street’s Hope

Denver Street's HopeStreet’s Hope has been extremely blessed to have Colonel Daniel Cecil serve on our Board of Directors over the past four years. He has made a huge impact on our organization! We are thankful Dan plans to stay involved with SH even as he transitions off the board. We loved reading Dan’s blog post and we hope you do too.

A friend introduced me to Street’s Hope in early 2012; there were four active board members and the biggest challenge was paying bills. That July, SH hosted a fundraiser at RedLine Art Gallery. The theme was worldwide violence against women. An initial impression of that particular problem was, too big; I was tempted to do nothing. Then a line from the movie Schindler’s List came to mind. It was when Itzhak Stern told Oskar Schindler, “Whoever saves one life saves the world entire.” Yes! Anyone can help save one woman at a time through Street’s Hope.

Selected to the Board of Directors in September 2012, I served as President through 2013 and 2014, then as Vice President in 2015 and am scheduled to leave the Board at the end of June 2016. I’ve seen God’s hand at Street’s Hope through the selection of our current Executive Director and our decision to request she focus on management while the direction of clinical services were to be provided by another. We also hired a professional bookkeeper, which transformed our financial reporting.

Street’s Hope has developed into a more mature organization with donations sufficient to pay bills on time. There remains a vibrant governing Board, currently including seven capable members. We updated our Bylaws and subsequently incorporated a plan to schedule transitions off the Board. Combined with effective recruiting, fresh ideas and new energy should continually flow into the ministry.

The residence, evidence-based therapy, mentoring, and community involvement all play their parts to make Street’s Hope the success it is. About three times a year, the staff hosts a Client Celebration Dinner to commemorate each client’s progress and offer encouragement. Recently, we’ve celebrated graduates at each one. They’ve all been grateful for their healing and optimistic about the future. I plan to continue supporting Street’s Hope; it’s making a genuine difference.

Written by Colonel Daniel Cecil, Retired USAF

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