Carla Ritter1 
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Re: “New Direction

I was the Director of the NCRC when it was known as the Arcata Endeavor. During my time there I learned what it is like to work with a Board of Directors that was overwhelmed with the needs they faced every day. A few of them occasionally were able to tolerate 'volunteering' at the agency they were supposed to be supporting. One of the biggest difficulties was getting the Board to raise $ to keep the place going.
As a former Director, I can say from experience that it is at least challenging, and at most heart-breaking to have a Board that isn't supportive.
I've known John for years. in fact, I tried to get him to come to work for me when I was there. He has the heart, knowledge and will to make things work. It is unfortunate that there are some in the community so judgmental as to castigate a hard working, good-hearted person just because he speaks out. It takes a strong person to do what he does, every day, day in and day out, with little help. Some call it ego. It looks more like commitment to me. John, thank you for all you have done, and continue to do. I also don't understand why, in the dead of winter, the current Board has closed the doors to 're-organize'. The re-organizing that needs to be done is PAPERWORK!! The day-to-day work of feeding people is done by volunteers, NOT the Board. How can they justify this? There are hungry people that are still asking me why. How do I answer them?
Blessings to the Arcata Presbyterian Church for taking on the responsibility of distributing food boxes again. That's where the Endeavor started. I hope that's not where it ends...

Posted by Carla Ritter on 01/27/2012 at 8:27 PM

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