MUSINGS from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in executive director, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, King County FSO, sustainable family support organization | Comments Off on MUSINGS from Susan’s Desk

The Beginning of Spring – Just One Reason We’re Happy “It’s all about new beginnings, laying solid foundations and building strong relationships. Everything we want is in front of us!”                      _Unknown Wednesday marked the first day of spring, the Vernal Equinox, which also happened to be the first annual International Day of Happiness.  Here at GPS we continue to find much to celebrate: It’s official! Guided Pathways –Support for Youth and Families is recognized as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c) (3) on the Internal...

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MUSINGS From Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in executive director, family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County | Comments Off on MUSINGS From Susan’s Desk

HERE WE GO! There’s an anticipation in the air that is as filled with excitement, hope and magic as the holiday season. The clock is winding down to the end of 2012, and the GPS for Youth and Family Board and I are engaged in the tasks to open the organization’s doors in January 2013.  In the days and weeks ahead, we’ll hire staff, prepare the physical space that will become our first home and hang an ‘open’ sign on the door. We are days away from leasing office space and will make an announcement soon about the location of our new office! Get ready to celebrate with us. What...

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New Executive Director Hired!

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in executive director, family support, family support organization, King County FSO, youth peers | Comments Off on New Executive Director Hired!

Executive Director, Susan Millender We are excited to introduce Susan Millender as the first executive director of Guided Pathways – Support for Youth and Families! “Susan brings a wealth of experience as a non-profit professional in Puget Sound, and lived experience as the parent of two children who have struggled with mental health issues,” said Board President, Gretchen Herzog. Susan has more than 15 years of non-profit leadership experience in developing and implementing social service programs and grassroots advocacy initiatives with strong volunteer engagement. Her...

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We are Cookin’ Now!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in executive director, family support, family support organization, King County, King County FSO | Comments Off on We are Cookin’ Now!

A quick progress report is overdue! So much has been going on that it has been hard to get to the blog. We are on track with the Board’s task plan. GPS for Youth and Families:  Will file its 501(c)(3) application for tax-exempt status with the IRS this week and its only 74 pages long! Has received our State business license and opened a bank account with Home Street Bank. Is close to signing the start-up contract with King County, which will carry us through November and December of this year – and we are about to start work on the contract for 2013. Is looking for...

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Searching for a Special Executive Director

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in executive director, family support, King County, King County FSO | Comments Off on Searching for a Special Executive Director

The search process has begun for the first Executive Director of Guided Pathways – Support for Youth and Families! The Executive Director (ED) will be a special leader; someone who can think strategically and with vision, is passionate about peer-to-peer support, and has an in-depth knowledge of the systems of care in King County. They will have had lived-experience, as a parent or kinship caregiver of a child/youth with behavioral, mental health, or substance abuse challenges. As the staff leader of a new organization, they will need the experience to develop and grow the...

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