David Chiles recently joined the Providence Center team as the new Executive Director. We are delighted and fortunate to have David with us, and we look forward to all that lies ahead for Providence Center under David’s direction. David has management, program development, community outreach, and fundraising experience from his prior positions at Philabundance and Cabrini College. Before moving to Philadelphia in 2002, David served as a volunteer for three years working with immigrants and running border education programs for visiting church and college groups in El Paso, Texas and Cd. Juarez, Mexico. He brings a wealth of experience and passion for the work. Here’s what David had to say after his first full week as the E.D.:
Hello Providence Center Community,
I just came back from a forum at Deloitte about how nonprofits can realize the full power of their people. Listening to the presenters, I couldn’t help but reflect on my first two weeks as the new Executive Director of Providence Center. Since arriving, I have gotten to know a staff dedicated to empowering the community and serving our students with dignity, including the Sisters who continue to support us with their labor and prayers. I have met volunteers who return faithfully each week teaching and helping in the office, and our Teen Leaders who approached me with the self-assurance of young women, confident in their abilities. I have seen the commitment of the men and women who come in for our ESL classes, endeavoring to learn a new language and build a better life for themselves and their families. The kids in our Homework Club welcomed me with their huge smiles (although, to be honest, it could have had something to do with the end of the school year).
It is clear to me that the spirit of Providence Center is powerful because of the collective power and spirit of our people. I am grateful and humbled to join this mission started by Sister Nancy, Sister Peggy, and the rest of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus; a mission which was so wonderfully stewarded and developed by Bethany.
Providence Center will continue to do good and important work, providing dignity, hospitality, and a safe place to learn for our neighbors. Despite the challenges confronting the Fairhill/Kensington neighborhood, our work will continue to be imbued with hope. That hope comes from the power and spirit of our neighbors, our friends, our supporters, and our faith.
Peace and Blessings,
(Yes, David is actually taller than the doors here at Providence Center)