August 11, 2017 – Retirement Message from Darlene Hewett

Seasons come and go and the years pass by, often much more quickly than we realize. As I write this parting message in advance of my retirement, it is hard for me to imagine that I have spent my entire career – over 40 years – here at theVillage. The organization, attuned to the importance of adapting to meet the evolving needs of those we serve, has undergone many changes since I first arrived as a young social worker. However, theVillage has been guided throughout by one steadfast mission: to promote healing among children, families and communities impacted by trauma.

Over the years, I have been honored to work alongside incredible professionals who have dedicated their lives and their careers to this essential purpose. Among them was Loren Preheim, who was a part of creating a “work hard, laugh often” culture at theVillage that has attracted bright, energetic and committed staff. I have been awed, too, by the generosity of our Board members, volunteers, donors and the community at large when it comes to supporting our organization and those we serve. To all of you, I offer my sincere thanks. The gift of your time and talents has enriched my life and made our work at theVillage possible.

It has been a privilege to spend my career in this field, with this organization, making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community. As I prepare to begin a new chapter, I know that I am leaving theVillage in devoted and capable hands. With the strong foundation of a vibrant 140-year history, we can all look confidently toward a bright future for theVillage and the children and families we serve. TheVillage will remain forever with me, a handprint on my heart.

Darlene Hewett
President and CEO