Home will always matter…

by Alexandra E. Bodie July/1/2016

Since I have had the chance to speak very openly and honestly with my boss, Executive Director of NHS of Greater Cleveland, Lou Tisler, and now that our board and staff members know, I believe it’s the right time to share with all of you that as of July 15, 2016 I will be stepping down from my role as Communications Manager. This has not been an easy decision to make, in fact, it’s been quite difficult and that is mainly because of all of you.

I started my journey with NHS of Greater Cleveland three years ago as an AmeriCorps VISTA through NeighborWorks America’s Strengthening & Building Healthy Communities program. During my VISTA year I was supposed to focus on community engagement and volunteer recruitment and I definitely did, but, I was also fortunate enough to be able to utilize my degree and take hold of the organization’s communications channels. As I approached the end of my VISTA commitment, Lou let me know that he would like me to come on board as a staff member and that I could even write up my own job description.

My creation of the Communications Manager role was something entirely new for NHS of Greater Cleveland. It’s definitely been a lot of trial and error to find out what works best, but, I would not have it any other way. I have always thought about each of you as well as residents of northeast Ohio, and our current clients, and through my role, how i can best connect all of us to what we need.

I want to thank my bosses, work family, colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family for all of the inspiration and support to keep me going when life felt confusing, difficult, and impossible. The last three years of my life have been some of the best and I have managed to achieve a level of happiness I did not know before my time here. Cleveland is truly a special place to be, but, it’s also a place that needs our help. It is not any one person or entity’s job to affect this change. We must come together – there is strength through collaboration. They say there are two Clevelands. Please, let us be motivated to beautify our neighborhoods, create community and opportunities, build racial equity and inclusion, fight oppression, fix up our Homes, follow our passions, strengthen our educational systems, and support local.

At this point, it seems like the right time to give back and serve in my hometown of Warren, Ohio. I just wanted to feel like i was a part of Cleveland, that this was my Home, and I do, I really do. Thank you for making me fall in love with this great city and especially my neighborhood, Slavic Village. -alex

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