Over the past few years, we’ve said “Goodbye” to a lot of folks. It’s just the nature of working with a population struggling for the means to stabilize.
But this goodbye is a little different. We’re saying “goodbye” to a team member that has been integral for the past three years not only to the organization, but to hundreds and thousands of kids and adults in this community.
Mary Pritchard, Outreach Coordinator, is headed back home to Louisiana.
While she has loved being in the beauty of Colorado and giving so much to this work on Colfax, she and her husband miss being close to family and that famous southern hospitality.
So, over the next month, she’ll be transitioning out as the Outreach Coordinator and moving into a part-time role, but will be with CCN until the end of September to close out her case work with families and individuals.
About 6 months ago, I nicknamed Mary “The Mother of Colfax” and put it on her website bio. Truth be told, she doesn’t really like that nickname, but I really think it fits. Every day, women and men battling the overwhelming challenges of Colfax come in to talk to her, ask her for guidance, and be heard. Some days she’s able to offer a life-changing opportunity for stable housing; others she can only offer her ear and a hug, but she gives both with the same intentional love. Heck, she even does this for staff on tough days, too.
Most of you know this already. You’ve seen it. You’ve felt it.
It’s not easy to lose someone with such a unique gifting. And not just from a organizational perspective, but as her friends, the office won’t be the same without her.
Mary, we love you. Louisiana is getting the best outreach worker in the country. Thank you for everything.