David O’Malley joins us as an intern working with our Independent Living program. David is a student at Johnson University who will graduate in December. David will be with Grace Landing until February, when he is getting married.
Chad & Morgan join our team as our Family Teaching Couple (what we are calling our Group Home houseparents). They bring with them their three year old daughter and almost five years of experience as houseparents. Chad & Morgan aren’t approaching this position as just another job, they feel called by God to serve as houseparents to foster youth.
While we are happy and excited about the new additions to our staff, we are saddened by the departure of Matthew Marion who has been a stable face and constant servant here at Grace Landing for almost three years. Due to a shift in our focus and future plans, we have made a decision to restructure our staff and Matt is no longer going to be with us. Matt has expressed a desire to pursue a position in full time youth ministry. We pray for Matt to be used by God in this next phase of his life, but if we are honest with ourselves we will miss him greatly.
Eli Westfall will be taking the reigns of Independent Living Coordinator along with his responsibilities managing the Group Home. We are restructured his role a little and given him the job title of Program Director as he will be directing or managing the day in and day out functions of both the Independent Living and Group Home programs.