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From The Desk of Kim Petrone

July 12, 2023
From The Desk of Kim Petrone

It’s hard to believe that last Friday was the one-year anniversary of my retirement from what I used to refer to as my "paying job". One reason I retired earlier than planned was so I could spend more time on all things Malta House. Little did I know that would mean filling in last August when Carey Dougherty (Executive Director) took a one month ‘sabbatical’ – only to realize that that experience was a precursor to my being the Acting Executive Director (ED) after Carey moved to California in early April. It’s even harder to believe that I’ve been in this role for 3 months already – time sure does fly when you’re having fun! I had hoped to pen one of these letters in May after the Gala, but life got in the way.

I’m writing today to let you know that my stint as Acting ED will be ending later this month. No one could be more excited than me – except perhaps the person who will be Malta House’s next Executive Director. As we’re not quite done dotting our i’s and crossing our t’s, I can’t tell you more at this time … stay tuned!

During the ED interview process, I referred to the staff at Malta House as a ‘small but mighty team’ – a team that I have certainly come to appreciate over the last 3 months. One never really knows what each day at Malta House will bring. While that’s probably not a surprise for the program staff as they interact with our moms daily, it’s just as true for our business/facilities manager and our development team – they never know when the sinks are going to back up or who will show up to donate diapers and ask for a tour. I now know why no one at Malta House ever gets around to eating lunch until at least 2:00 pm – if at all! I’m inspired every day by the dedication of the staff and the volunteers who work day-in and day-out to support the women and babies at Malta House – it is a special place to work.

Malta House truly is a unique place and one that I am thankful to be part of. My life is so much richer because of it. The difference we’re making in the lives of the moms and babies who pass through our doors is undeniable. I am blessed to be able to see the transformation in the women during their stay with us — they come to Malta House scared and alone and leave confident and hopeful for their future and their baby’s future— and proud to play a small part in their journey.

Wishing you a wonderful summer.


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