SOUTH HAVEN — A human service ministry that serves South Haven, Bangor and Covert has a new executive director.
We Care INC's board of directors has chosen Erika Morrison to lead the ministry.
She will replace interim executive director Susan Trabucchi, who has served in that role for the past two years to help the nonprofit ministry transition from longtime director Linda Olsen, who retired in 2017.
Morrison is no stranger to We Care. She has served as the nonprofit's deputy director for the past six months and prior to that was an office manager and caseworker for the ministry.
“Erika's professional background and passion for We Care's mission have proven invaluable to us,” said Joe Guiltinan, president of We Care's board of directors. “In short order, Erika has taken on the management of staff and oversight of the We Care offices in South Haven and Bangor. She also has reorganized and strengthened the volunteer program, solidified relationships with the Bangor and Covert communities and advanced the organization's fundraising and communication efforts.”
Prior to being hired as We Care's deputy director, Morrison was volunteer coordinator for Caring Circle's Hospice at Home program. Before that she served as director of Christian education at Hope Church in South Haven and was employed four years as We Care's office manager and lead caseworker.
Morrison, who lives in South Haven, grew up in West Africa as the daughter of missionary parents. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and is currently working on a master's degree in organizational leadership through Cornerstone University.
While complimenting Morrison for her accomplishments over the past six months, Guiltinan said the board also appreciated Trabucchi's efforts over the past two years.
“On behalf of the board, I want to thank Susan for the excellent work she has done to enhance We Care's internal operations, strengthen our external communications, develop strong relationships with our church ministry partners, and advance our mission to love and serve our neighbors. Her oversight during this important moment of transition for We Care has helped lay a strong foundation for the hiring of new a leader – and an exciting future.”
Trabucchi will still continue working for We Care temporarily.
“She has agreed to be retained for a few months to assist us in exploring the feasibility of an emerging vision for We Care's future,” Guiltinan said.
We Care has been in existence for the past 36 years and serves as a clearinghouse for people in need. The nonprofit serves approximately 600 families annually by helping to provide them with food, baby items, personal care items, heating and other emergency assistance, school supplies, medical equipment loans and rides to medical appointments.