New CEO of The Samaritan Inn
As most of you know by now, our dear friend and long-tenured leader of The Samaritan Inn, Lynne Sipiora, retired in December 2015. There simply are no words that can describe the indelible imprint that Lynne has left on this great organization or the thousands of people she has served over the past decade.
After a thorough, nationwide search for Lynne’s replacement, I was offered the extraordinary opportunity to join The Samaritan Inn as its new Chief Executive Officer. I count it a great privilege to serve The Inn as we move forward into an exciting chapter in its history. You should probably know that I’m new to Texas, having moved from Pennsylvania. I’m enjoying every minute thus far. Thanks for your warm welcome! Clearly this year will be one filled with some special challenges as we anticipate the construction of the first phase of The Samaritan Village—a state-of-the-art family shelter for families who need support to regain their independence and become contributing members of their communities.
I’m sure you’re wondering the current status of our project. After many months of delays due to the permitting process, our construction team is now on site and the excavation and pouring of the concrete slabs is underway. Phase One includes a three-story, 50 family suite residence building, and the Lynne Sipiora Pavilion, which will house all the ancillary space for The Inn’s programs and staff, including new kitchen and dining facilities, classrooms, chapel, library, playrooms and more. I am told that by the middle of March the project will begin to go vertical and visible progress will occur on almost a daily basis. Barring any unusual delays we expect to open the doors to these two buildings before Christmas 2016. How exciting it will be to see this long-awaited dream become reality.
There’s much to be done in 2016, but we have a talented staff, dedicated volunteers, and loyal supporters like you. With all of that in place, we will be able to scale the highest height. Thanks for partnering with us. We are deeply grateful!
Rick Crocker brings extensive experience to the position. He served as Executive Director of The Erie City Mission in Erie, Pennsylvania for the last five years. He led a staff of 67 employees, while overseeing a $3.5 million budget. He served as Senior Pastor of the First Alliance Church in Erie from 1989 to 2009. His extensive experience in organizational leadership, fundraising and development will serve the Inn well as a new state-of-the-art family shelter is built to meet the ever-increasing needs of homeless families in our community.