Hope Center Executive Director leaving


Pictured above is a file photo of the Hope Center, 212 Chestnut St., which will be searching for a new executive director after Jessica Schulze announced she will be leaving to take a position with a church in Arizona.
(Journal-Tribune photo)
The Hope Center announced Monday that it will soon be seeking a new executive director.
Jessica Schulze, co-founder and executive director since its inception, will be relocating to Phoenix, Arizona, in December to accept a position as pastor at Grace North Church.
The Hope Center is a collaborative community of support organizations, ministries and outreach groups located at 212 Chestnut St. Services provided to the public include a youth center, emergency assistance program, furniture bank, personal needs pantry, community kitchen, clothing distribution service, legal clinic and a meeting place for support groups.
Additionally, beginning this month, the Hope Center will host Marysville’s new Alternative High School. The program will occupy several classroom spaces in the community meeting wing of the Center.
Hope Center Board Member Chris Schmenk said that a transition team has been formed to conduct a search for a new executive director. Long-term volunteer Becky Bolt will serve as transition administrator.
Schmenk said in a press release: “We will miss Jessica Schulze tremendously, especially her passion for serving those in need. She leaves big shoes to be filled. However, we trust the Lord and the good plans He has for the Center. We know He will send another leader to continue the good work done there.”
“I have always been impressed with Pastor Jess’ passion for our community and heart for helping anyone who needed it,” Marysville Superintendent Diane Mankins said in the release. “We look forward to our continued engagement and collaboration with the Hope Center to support families in our community.”
The Hope Center is an outreach of the Marysville Area Ministerial Association, a nonprofit association of churches in the area. Questions can be directed to 937-303-4209.

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