It is with a sense of gladness and sorrow that the Church Leadership Team and Pastors have accepted Alison Treichel's resignation as the congregation's administrative assistant. During her nine months in the position, she swiftly learned the tasks, generously shared her technical and people skills, and quickly became part and parcel of the culture that is Messiah. She will be greatly missed.
Alison has been hired by the State of Oregon to serve in a newly created intergovernmental position for Marion and Polk Counties. She will be:
- working with local nonprofits, governments and businesses to provide case management, emergency housing, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, mental health and substance abuse counseling, and domestic violence interventions;
- developing new homelessness intervention programs and projects;
- retooling existing procedures and policies around homelessness, promoting positive relationships between the media, the public and governments, and
- investigating ways to fund homeless reduction efforts, as well as applying for grants.
Alison is in the final months of completing her thesis for her Masters in Public Health degree.
To read more about Alison's new position and the efforts to address homelessness in Oregon, see this article in The Statesman Journal.