December 31, 2017
Greetings, CWC Friends:
I have been proud to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Charlotte White Center (CWC) for the past two years. It has been a time of transition, to say the least! In addition to multiple challenges with state and federal funding streams, the Charlotte White Community celebrated the retirement of our founding CEO, Richard Brown in June. Many of you took part in celebrating Dick’s leadership and dedication at our gathering in early summer. Fortunately, Charlie Newton stepped in as Interim CEO and has done an outstanding job of leading the CWC for the last several months. Our organization is fortunate to have highly dedicated staff providing quality services to the individuals and families we serve.
CWC is celebrating thirty-eight years of supporting people of all ages who are living with an intellectual disability, a mental illness, an acquired brain injury or domestic violence issues. Our caring and dedicated staff serves over one thousand families and individuals each year, and each year we are fortunate to witness many success stories of lives being changed because of the unconditional positive regard our staff demonstrates every day. People with disabilities thrive and grow more independent with our partnership, guidance and support.
Over the last several months the boards of directors and the leadership staff of the Charlotte White Center and Penquis have been exploring ways to maximize resources and expand the range and depth of the services offered by both organizations. These have been rich and rewarding conversations leading to a decision by both boards to enter into a two year management agreement under which Penquis will provide the CWC with executive and financial leadership. Our two organizations will remain separate, stand-alone corporations while we continue to identify ways to improve services to our community.
High quality, compassionate service to our most vulnerable citizens continues to be our focus every day. With your support CWC can continue to fulfill its mission to provide quality community health and social services for adults, children and families affected by cognitive or developmental disabilities, behavioral or mental health challenges, domestic violence, or acquired brain injuries. Your donation, large, small or in-kind is critical to our success.
We look forward to hearing from you. If you would like further information, please be in touch.
Best regards and thank you for your support,
Cynthia Freeman Cyr, Chair
Board of Directors
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