Editor’s note: This is from Hospitality House Executive Director Cindy Maple’s Facebook page:
“I’d hoped to keep this under wraps a few months longer, but news travels fast in our little community. So here goes….. After a great deal of soul searching, I’ve made the decision to leave Hospitality House this coming summer.
“In many ways this was an emotional decision for me as I’ve dedicated a large part of my life for many years to Hospitality House and to serving our homeless residents. I love everything HH represents and I’m blessed to have been a part of something so beautiful and life changing for the people we serve.
“But sometimes life has a way of redirecting us. My son was hit by a truck earlier this year. The doctors were amazed he survived, and as a mother, I felt it was time to look at my priorities. From the time my son was eight I worked long hours, and more often than not, I continued to work at night, missing quality time with him I can never recapture. So while I love this work, and Hospitality House, it’s time for me to do something that requires a little less of my time.
“Hospitality House is strong and our incredible staff is completely dedicated to serving our homeless. I know without a doubt that when I leave this summer, they will carry on this important work just as they do now, and miracles will continue to happen within the walls of Utah’s Place.
“There is still much to do before I depart, including opening our new thrift store, Bread and Roses, and shoring up the federal funding loss we anticipate next year. We’ve always had challenges and I’m confident that with the support of our amazing community we will get what we need, as we always have.
“Over the years, hundreds of people have given generously of their time, opened their hearts to our hurting homeless residents, and believed in me and in Hospitality House. Our amazing volunteers and donors made Hospitality House possible and helped us build a strong foundation.
“I’ll never forget the incredible experience of being a part of creating our shelter, nor will I forget the friends I made along the way. So many people touched me with their unfailing kindness and support, not just for our guests, but for all of us at Hospitality House.
“What a journey this has been.
“Have a blessed and happy holiday season. Xoxo
PS I hope to see you at Night of Giving this Saturday night.”