My apologies, it’s been months since I wrote my last blog. So much has transpired in my life so I’m just going to dive right in.
Over the past year and a half, after being appointed by Governor Larry Hogan, I’ve had the pleasure of serving as the Director of the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism. I’m extremely excited to tell you that I resigned from that position in May 2019 to return to SAFE. Since my resignation, whenever I tell someone I know longer serve in that position their reaction is usually “WHAT” with a puzzled look on their face. I understand that this sounds ridiculous to many but here is why I resigned, I made the decision and commitment to bet on myself and my foundation. During my time at the GOSV, I’ve met a lot of great people and gained a lot of valuable knowledge that will allow me to take SAFE to new levels. Among those lessons, the simplest yet most significant one is to find a way to always add value.
In adding value, I’ve set an ambitious goal of opening a new SAFE Center, which will focus on workforce development. With the support and commitment of the Building for God Community Foundation and many others, we are striving to open the new center in September 2020. Many have seen the headlines Baltimore City has been making, however it’s the individuals with the passion to see change that collectively can solve many of the city’s issues. Through our workforce development center, we will be conducting what I call “real” community development which is providing the residents who currently live in underserved communities with the resources and opportunities to gain employment to support themselves, their families, and their community. The impact of this model will eventually reach throughout the city as we continue growing.
As I said this is a very ambitious goal, which won’t be achieved without the support of you and many other like-minded individuals. One person can truly make a difference by simply making the decision to get involved. I’m challenging you to get involved. To support our new center by volunteering, donating, or becoming a sponsor visit www.safealternative.org or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.