So often the word “change” has a negative connotation. A need to change diets implies poor health. Changing schools or homes can signify loss of friends, teachers, and neighbors.
At Glade Run, we view change as an opportunity. Just as many of us change jobs or careers in an effort to grow and expand our areas of expertise, Glade Run Lutheran Services views the changes at Glade Run in a positive light.
In an effort to meet the increasingly complex needs of children, adults, and families; increase agency efficiencies; and continually improve outcomes, Glade Run has made significant organizational shifts. We’ve adopted new agency values that will continually add to the quality of our services while reducing duration of treatment and reliance on services by identifying both the strengths and the true needs of every individual and family we serve.
Our organizational structure has changed as well. I will assume the title of President and CEO and will work directly with four vice presidents who are charged with overseeing program excellence and organizational growth. Efficiencies will be gained from collaborations between Glade Run’s operational personnel and clinical service delivery through executive management team development. A focus on training and family partnerships is evident in the form of newly created agency positions.
We’ve been called by God to use our gifts as we begin this next phase of Glade Run Lutheran Services’ long history of caring for our community’s most vulnerable. Two things that remain constant are our mission to link faith and service, and our desire to honor God through service.
I’d like to think that William Passavant would be proud of all that we’ve accomplished and that he would cheer us on through our new growth and change.
Yours in faith,
Charles T. Lockwood, M.Div., Ed.D.