Dear Friends and Supporters or Care in Action Minnesota:
I am writing to share some exciting news about my future and the future of Care in Action Minnesota. After a decade and a half of tireless service to further CIAM’s mission and values, it fills me with sadness and gratitude to announce that at the end of January 2021, I will be stepping down as the Executive Director of CIAM, to start in a new position as the Executive Director of Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE). GRACE works nationally and internationally to help Christian faith communities better recognize, prevent, and respond to child maltreatment by providing training, policy/procedure review and assessment, and consultation.
I want to express my deepest gratitude to all who have been so supportive of the organization and of me personally over the years: board members, nonprofit partners, funders, and, of course, our Change Makers and Community Partners. Without you, the organization would not be as strong and vibrant as it is. I am so honored to have been the leader of this incredible organization and will watch with much excitement and anticipation as it continues to fulfill its mission.
As I considered this change, I reflected on the 15 years since we started CIAM. Several of you have been with us since those early days! We have grown so much from one small church partner in one county to now working in 6 counties in Minnesota with several faith and business partners. I have loved working together with all of you to make a difference for children and families impacted by child maltreatment. We have kept families together. We have made reunification possible. We have helped complete the final steps for adoption. We have helped families fleeing abuse. We have helped families secure permanent housing after being homeless. We have helped children and families heal. We have raised awareness. We have prevented child abuse. Thank you!
In 2021, CIAM is well positioned and will continue to build upon its amazing work. The past few years have seen much growth, and we need a passionate Executive Director to help us move forward. I am excited to announce that Katherine Sims has been chosen by the Board of Directors as only the second Executive Director in CIAM’s history. Katherine brings an intense passion for children and families who have been impacted by abuse, and she has put that passion into action in many ways. She has been with us for the past year as our Community Programs Coordinator, so she knows our mission well. We will give a more formal introduction in the coming weeks so you get to know her more. If you would like a chance to connect with her by phone or video in the coming months, please feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time.
Though I will no longer be Executive Director of CIAM, I will still be around. I am joining the Board of Directors, and I will still volunteer and train for CIAM. Being a part of CIAM and being able to partner with you in this work has taught me so many things! It has changed my life. Thank you for walking alongside me in this work and for continuing to support Care in Action Minnesota as we help children and families impacted by maltreatment.
In humble gratefulness,
Founder, Care in Action Minnesota