Bravo to the Board members of the NCRC who, for whatever reasons, stood united and bold in no longer allowing the egocentric behaviors of John Shelter to hold the NCRC hostage.
Executive Directors have clear reporting responsibilities to their Board, partners, stakeholders and its organization. Shelter obviously was not taking direction, nor focusing on his duties, or making sure that the organization was properly funded while developing proactive partnerships and marketing the organization. Instead, he was quick to blame everyone, but himself, while being crowned the Betty Chinn of Arcata.
Shelter's “moving on” is a human resources issue. Handling or speaking publicly about an HR issue at all has to be done with kit gloves. The NCRC's Board chose not only to be as transparent as legally possible, they handled it with professional grace and options by giving Shelter the opportunity of claiming one of its programs as his own with their blessings of success. Now, this Board is left behind to confront and clean up the mess, take the blame, apologize to stakeholders, and rise, hopefully, out of the ashes of its thorny management to embrace what they also are passionate about - volunteering their time to serving the poor, underserved, homeless and working at keeping the NCRC’s doors open. Ms. Walters choose not to report on the feelings of the volunteer Board left behind to pick up and move on from this debacle.
My other concern on the reporting of this story was why didn't any other organization that works with the homeless or marginal population discuss with Ms. Walters NCRC's issue about its former ED? Take my word for it, people knew. Was the reason for this reporting gap because Ms. Walters was so busy writing her editorial lovefest of Shelter she didn't bother to research her story further, or did these organizations chose not to talk to her on the record because they knew it would further damage the NCRC by hurting the people, the population they all work and serve? Shelter seems to have not taken that matter as seriously as himself.
Homelessness has bigger problems and issues than just one person. Homeless assistance programs were never intended to provide permanent solutions to mass homelessness. Mr. Shelter is not the NCRC. I was really at a loss to what was the motivation of this story, or who was its target audience, the homeless? Or, was it simply allowing Shelter one more drop kick into the face of the organization that gave him his administrative start and is now allowing him to carry on the torch of one of its programs into the greater community as NCRC crumbles? Because as you pointed out, "he never quits anything." The poor reporting and meager research of this story just made everything about local homelessness issues a lot grayer.
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Dec 12, 2013
vol XXIV issue 50
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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