JOIN HANDS STAFF
Sheila Burton, Executive Director (GC, TM, FM, AE, BD)
Capacity Building. About the same time Join Hands obtained the Ubuntu Center, the Board of Directors recognized the need to increase staff capacity to support the increasing number of families and children being served and the number of volunteers who needed to be coordinated and managed. Long time Executive Director of Join Hands, Sheila Burton, was able to become the full time Executive Director (after leaving her other employment), and funds were raised to add a Director of Development. The new development position is critical to Join Hands’ ability to secure the funding needed to expand programs and address staffing needs.
In 2017, the education advocate’s hours were expanded to 25 per week, and another part-time position was added to help coordinate Ubuntu Center and childrens’ programs. However, the Executive Director salary is well below comparable not for profits, and both part-time positions are underpaid and should be full-time. Additional staff positions are needed to meet the needs of current programs and families served and to expand the programs and add more families and children to the Dream Path.