Fellow Friend & House of Hoper,
I’m relatively private about my story so you may not know that three years ago, I walked into House of Hope a bit of an emotional mess. At the time, I was working a stressful corporate job, silently struggling with severe anxiety, my marriage was shaky, and most significantly, I felt off on my life’s purpose. Like I somehow missed the boat God had for me.
Luckily for me, the women at House of Hope are experts at helping women in a rough spot, and I was immediately surrounded by voices I could trust. These women reintroduced me to Jesus and to myself. They relentlessly reminded me that my purpose isn’t tied to what I do, but instead, my purpose is who I am…that purpose is literally my inheritance as God’s daughter. They taught me that it’s impossible to miss the boat Jesus has for me; it’s my very own boat. The only boat I can miss is someone else’s, and I don’t want that boat anyway.
And then, by some miracle, they turned around and let me lead this special place.
About five months ago, our Director of Programs and Engagement, Courtney Misener, asked a class I was in: “What makes you come alive?”
In the class, without hesitation, I responded, “Business negotiations.”
She laughed and said, “That makes me nervous… you don’t do a lot of that here.”
And she was right. I don’t do a lot of that at House of Hope. And since that conversation, I’ve felt both excitement and profound sadness at the news I’m about to share with you:
I have resigned as Executive Director of House of Hope in order to make space for the work that make me come alive. As terrible as it may sound to all of you, for me, that happens to be business law.
I want you to know that I will forever cherish the House of Hope community, and most significantly, the experience of leading the single most excellent team of all time. This team faithfully brings the Kingdom of God with them wherever they go. They are the sweet scent of Jesus. The wisest counsel. I trust Jesus in each and every one of them. I’m their #1 fan for life. I could not be more grateful for my time spent leading them, and I can’t wait to watch them continue in faithful service to our community.
While leaving House of Hope is one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made, I do have some EXCELLENT news: It is my joy to announce that our very own Celeste Jaquis is the incoming Executive Director of House of Hope. Celeste has faithfully served House of Hope for over ten years. Throughout that time, our ministry and team have both benefited so tremendously from her leadership and vision.
Celeste is a lion, fierce and strong. She is a deeply thoughtful, discerning woman. I fully trust her love for Jesus, this ministry, and this staff. It is truly my deepest and sincerest joy to pass the baton into her capable hands.
I will forever be a friend of House of Hope and look on with joyful expectancy at the powerful kingdom work this ministry will do in the future. There is truly no stopping the unrelenting love of our Jesus.
Kelsey Wieck Rwayitare