August 24, 2017

Dear Friends,

What a privilege it has been to do this work with you for ten wonderful years! I simply have no words to express my gratitude for your trust in JustHope’s vision, your confidence in our work, and your financial and physical support of the many, many dreams that have been shared with you across the years. I am both proud of the way we have collaborated to make so much possible, and, at the same time, humbled to have been accompanied in that work by so many amazing people.

And now, the time has come for me to “re-tire” – to trade in the racing tires for ones that are on the road a little less and require a lot less maintenance. As of August 31, I’ll be transitioning out of the position of Executive Director into the role of Founder. Rather than HR policies and Board Meetings, I can return to spending more time doing the things I love – sharing the story of JustHope with newbies, and leading a few trips, and helping new donors catch the vision. I’m excited about those new tires!!!

I have a plaque that hangs in my home that says, “If you love something, give it room enough to grow.” As JustHope moves forward, it, too, will be getting some new tires! Jennifer Payton will be moving into the role of Transitional Executive Director, and Marc St. Martin will be moving from Guatemala to JustHope’s Nica office to take the new position of Partnership Director. Kara Luebbering and the other amazing and dedicated staff we have will continue to work with the leaders of our partner communities and YOU to realize dreams and give hope the strong legs of justice!

It’s an exciting time in the life of JustHope. The road ahead is wide open with possibility and potential. We hope you’ll continue to journey with us into creating more partnerships and more hope. I’ll see you along the way!

Leslie Penrose
Leslie Penrose, Founder

PS - One great way to show your ongoing support of JH right now is to buy tickets to Wine for Water and bring a friend! And I'll see you there!

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