A Letter from the Board

Dear JustHope Partners and Friends, 

It is with heartfelt appreciation for her years of service that the Board of Directors announces the retirement of Leslie Penrose, founder and Executive Director of JustHope, as of September 1, 2017. Leslie has graciously included all of us in her dreams and vision for partnering with monetarily poor but spiritually rich communities in Nicaragua. We have all been changed by the relationships we’ve built and the progress that we’ve been part of on this journey.  
The Board and staff have been studying and preparing for this transition for the past year and a half. Through Leslie’s example and working with our partners in Nicaragua, we have internalized the core values of JustHope: solidarity, sustainability, mutuality, and collaboration. Those values will guide our search for the right individual to lead this organization into the next chapter.

JustHope is the dream of one that has become the vision of many. Together as partners we form a strong shell to nurture and grow the organization in this time of transition. We are positioned to emerge into a new phase of exciting possibilities, but we must all care for and support the vision with our time, talents, and resources.
Please celebrate Leslie’s retirement by recommitting yourself to JustHope. We hope you will join us as we honor Leslie’s legacy at this year’s Wine for Water: A Decade of Hope on October 12, 2017!

Mary Huckabee
JustHope Board of Directors