A letter from our Executive Director

Posted by | May 24, 2019 | Blog | No Comments

To the DC127 network,

Leading DC127 for the past six years has been the biggest honor of my life. I have been privileged to work alongside all of you as we unite around the needs of our city’s most vulnerable children and families. I wanted to let you know that I will be stepping down as DC127’s Executive Director in 2020.

In May 2013, DC127 launched as an initiative of one local church. I remember my first day in the office and not having any idea where to start. As the days went on, we developed a strategy, I met with other churches, we held four prayer events that summer, and we planned a launch event that would bring out 28 churches, 11 organizations, and almost 400 people. Just about six years later, we have 17 churches, over 250 volunteers currently, but hundreds more who have served with DC127 at some point, and together we’ve served over 110 children who were in or at risk of entering foster care. We’re not done, but the churches of this city are showing up for the kids and families of this city.

I’m immensely proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together, and I hope you are too. At the beginning of 2019, I began discerning what my future at DC127 would look like and it became clear that it is time for me to move on. I love this organization, the people in it, and the work we do, and I am excited to spend the next months working with our Board to set DC127 up for future leadership. You can read a letter from Eduardo Ferrer, DC127’s Board Chair, here.

We’re privileged to be working with Diversified Search, a search firm that specializes in finding diverse candidates and that is being incredibly generous of their time and energy with us. You can expect to see the DC127 Executive Director job posting very soon. We would really appreciate your help in finding the next leader and your prayers as we review applicants and think through DC127’s needs.

DC127 is in a really exciting time of growth. We’re getting new churches, new volunteers, and our programs are growing. I’m excited for this next phase and I truly hope you will continue to support DC127 in this next stage as the need in our city continues to grow.

This was an incredibly hard decision, but DC127 has always been the product of the people of God in Washington, DC working together for the children and families in Washington, DC, and I have no doubt that will continue.

With much gratitude,

Chelsea Geyer

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