On Wednesday, September 1, 2004 Tom Hund joined the GRACE Board of Directors. It’s all relative, for some 2004 was just a short while ago, for others it seems like an epoch.
As years go, 2004 was pretty ordinary. The Boston Red Sox won the World Series—its first in 86 years—and, of course, it was an election year. For the most part, though, 2004 was a normal year—except at GRACE.
Plans were underway to expand a community medical clinic that was operating out of a church basement. The GRACE Board embraced an idea to help fund the clinic through a capital campaign launched by a grand gala event.
In the ensuing years, the GRACE Outreach to Health Community Clinic has served thousands of families in this community who otherwise would go without healthcare, or rely on charity care in the emergency rooms of local hospitals.
If an “epoch” is defined as a significant period in history, Tom Hund’s nine-year tenure at GRACE has truly been an epoch.
Nearly all processes at GRACE have been impacted by Tom and the dozens of other Board directors who have served during this time.
Nearly all programming and services for those in need were refined for effectiveness and funded to bring help to GRACE clients. Programs like Feed Our Kids and Christmas Cottage were initiated. Classes on the use of technology, nutrition, financial literacy and many other life skills were launched. Programs were designed to serve the aging population of our communities. Bonds with local churches, businesses and other agencies were built or strengthened.
GRACE Resale began with two stores, compressed into one store, then expanded with a meticulous and well-researched business plan into two distinctive and effective stores, GRACEful Buys and Style and GRACE.
The GRACE Gala has raised more than $3.5 million to support GRACE programs and services. Other revenue opportunities have been found and pursued including Drive Into the Night, major gifts and planned gifts.
In 2006 GRACE faced what could have been a daunting challenge: the transition of leadership from retiring founder Trisha Wood to an executive director. The Board searched and found the business savvy, leadership skills, mission focus and community involvement in Shonda Schaefer.
Tom’s leadership has brought a greater strategic focus to GRACE. GRACE has become more effective in serving those in need, and more efficient in the use of time and resources. The service and compassion given by GRACE everyday to those need is a testament to Tom and others who serve the GRACE mission.