Within a matter of weeks of appointing Robin Maj (May), the Living Space homeless shelter again finds itself without an executive director.
Board chair Brian Marks says it’s having a minimal impact on operations.
“However, there is some relationship maintenance on my part as board chair that has to take place with funders,” he tells My Timmins Now Dot Com, “to make sure that they still have confidence in the organization and that the organization is capable of delivering on the intended objectives.”
In the month or two it will take to hire a new executive director, Marks says his board is looking for efficiencies so it can streamline operations. That, he says, will ensure that the dollars get to the front line, where it’s most needed.
“As you’re aware, Timmins has one of the highest proportions of homelessness per population in the province, and we receive one of the smallest funding allocations in the province.”
The operation has to be lean, says Marks, while robust enough to cover a 24/7 operation.
He also notes that Living Space isn’t going anywhere. That’s his response to social media posts that might have people thinking that its future is in question.