With sadness I must share I will be leaving the position of executive director at Living Room this summer. My sadness is mixed with excitement as I will be moving to Pennsylvania to be closer to family.
For the past five years I have been humbled and privileged to work for such an amazing organization. When I began here as the intake coordinator, I never dreamed I would one day sit in the executive office of our suite in the Hurt Building. Living Room has grown and, if I may immodestly say, improved significantly over the last few years. My journey with the agency has been a fantastic one. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to work alongside colleagues, partners, and generous supporters like you.
When I think back on my time at Living Room, my struggles will be overshadowed by the memories of helping people out of darkness and despair. I will always remember the heartfelt letter sent to us by one client whom I saw in our emergency lodging program in 2013.
“My new case worker Ms. Angela Susten is so much more than a case worker. She saw the anguish, despair and hopelessness in me. She saw the ‘I give up’ attitude – characteristics I never knew I had. I told her my street name was Chuck Norris and she said with her quick wit, ‘what would Chuck Norris do’? Immediately I snapped out of it and I was off running. Because she showed me compassion as a human being and not just another patient – she should be recommended for any job promotion.”
His words touched me to my core and became rather prophetic. I then vowed to operate under the values that helped make a difference in his life: respect, dignity and compassion. My legacy at Living Room will be knowing these traits will continue to be the core of our programs and service long after I have departed.
I wish to thank you all for the support and loyalty you have displayed over the years and hope you will continue to support Living Room long after I leave. Thanks to you, we have made progress in ensuring stable housing for so many families and individuals living with HIV. I am truly confident that with the leadership of the senior staff and board of directors, we will one day achieve our vision of ending homelessness for people living with HIV in Georgia.