It’s not easy following in Jeff Wieser’s footsteps.
But Helen McAlinden seems like a home run.
Homes with Hope has selected the widely respected affordable and supportive advocate to serve as the organization’s next president and CEO.
Its services include case management; a food pantry and soup kitchen; emergency shelters for single adults and young women ages 18 to 24; permanent supportive housing; mentoring; youth education, and life skills training.
Wieser is retiring, after leading Homes with Hope through a period of enormous growth. McAlinden succeeds him on January 6.
She brings 17 years’ experience with The Connection, Connecticut’s largest social services provider.
McAlinden’s most recent position was director of homeless outreach and development. She oversaw The Connection’s Supportive Housing Fairfield County program, HomeWorks, Milestone and the Women’s Recovery Support programs.
She is a frequent presenter at the state and national levels on issues related to affordable and supportive housing; a member of the Women and Children’s Legislative Workgroup, and an executive team member of Opening Doors of Fairfield County.
“Helen brings a strong passion to her work and has been a powerful advocate for the homeless throughout her career,” said Homes with Hope board chair John Walsh.
“We are confident that her energy, sensitivity and proven leadership working with people in need of supportive housing will strengthen and expand our network of partners and funders. I am impressed with Helen’s understanding of what makes Homes with Hope so special, and her deep commitment to addressing the challenges of homelessness.”