While the bright and warm day Sunday might make any reasonable person think it’s summer, we are indeed firmly in fall - a season of change. Change isn’t always welcome, it isn’t always fun, on the other hand, it can be exactly what we need and it can be beautiful. After many good years at the Cambridge Community Center, I’ve decided to serve as Executive Director of the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS). I’ll be at a new address, but I’ll still be working to support families, build up our neighborhoods and to nurture children who deserve nothing but the best. I’m pleased that Corinne Espinoza, a former CCC parent and a member of its Board of Directors will take over leadership in the interim at the Center while the search for the next Executive Director begins. We will be working together for a smooth transition, to cooperate and see where our agencies can support each other as neighbors. CCC friends and family, this is not goodbye, it’s see you soon!
I love the Cambridge Community Center. Since my family moved to Cambridge in July 2007, the Center has been an integral part of our lives. At the CCC, we’ve broken bread with our teachers and neighbors, made friendships, gotten guidance and grown from the warm sunshine of caring and love that is present in all the staff. This is truly a special place. For five years, my child was in the Out of School Time program; once he aged out, he continued his connection as a teen with The Hip Hop Transformation. Folks who know the Center will understand what I mean when I say that between Miss Erin and R-Jay - someone made sure my child put his winter coat on. Ms. G taught my little one everything from blood and guts to science and cooking. Funders might be more interested to know that my parent connection with the Center expanded to include serving on the CCC Board of Directors, its Budget & Personnel committee and that I have two decades of volunteer and professional experience that will inform this role. I will miss working with David but I know he has important work to do in Somerville, and I know we will have occasion to cooperate. I am thrilled to lend my experience and give back to the place that has given so much to my family over the years. So this is not really “hello” as much as “hello again!”