Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) is pleased to announce the appointment of their new Marketing and Development Director, Maureen Curry. As a longtime supporter of TIS’ mission to provide Shelter, Stability, Support, and a path to Success for local families and individuals in need, Curry is very excited to take on this pivotal role within the organization.
She explains, “Talbot Interfaith Shelter provides such a vital service to our community. I look forward to growing the donor base, and setting a course for a bright and strong future for TIS.”
Curry has lived in Talbot County for 33 years, and has deep ties to the community. She has a wealth of experience that made her a standout candidate for the position, including many years in tourism and economic development for the town of Easton, and as the Executive Director of the Baywater Animal Rescue in Dorchester County.
Curry is taking over for outgoing Marketing and Development Director Jayme Dingler, who joined TIS’ Board of Directors in 2013, and transitioned to her role on staff in 2017. Dingler says that it has been “the greatest honor of my life to have been a part of helping this incredible organization to grow over the past several years. I am thrilled that Maureen will be bringing her vast experience to this position as TIS moves into the next phase of its history.“
For her part, Curry is “honored to have been selected to take the reins from Jayme,” and plans to hit the ground running. Talbot Interfaith Shelter has recently purchased its second shelter facility and is in the process of making preparations to open its doors to new guests. Renovations need to be made to the Victorian home to meet codes. Once complete, the new shelter will serve single individuals, while its current facility will serve families. The shelters are the first step for guests on their journey through TIS’ S4 Program. There, they receive case management, are connected with necessary resources, and participate in educational programming. Once they have reached certain financial milestones, they are invited to move into one of TIS’ subsidized transitional apartments, where they are able to work gradually towards self-sufficiency.
This necessary expansion, spurred by an uptick in calls for shelter resulting from the COVID crisis, means significantly increased operating costs for the organization. She looks forward to working with TIS’ leadership to develop strategies aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the organization into the foreseeable future.
TIS Executive Director Julie Lowe is excited to welcome Curry to what the organization affectionately calls “Team TIS” when she arrives for work on June 21st. She says, “We were so lucky that Jayme was able to take on this important role several years ago as we were entering a period of rapid growth. Now, as she moves on to her next adventure, we have once again had the incredible good fortune to find Maureen, whose talent, experience, and passion for our mission made her a perfect fit at this crucial time. I look forward to working with her to continue moving TIS forward in the fight against homelessness in our community!”
To learn more about Talbot Interfaith Shelter and their S4 Program, visit talbotinterfaithshelter.org.