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McCauley Center’s New Executive Director Plans To Extend Outreach

November 6, 2018

McCauley Center’s New Executive Director Plans To Extend Outreach

Krista Somers plans to increase the number of citizens helped by the Catherine McCauley Center as the organization’s new executive director. Somers took over the role in September, replacing Sister Therese Marques, who retired after 24 years as executive director for the South Scranton center. “I am privileged to join an organization that is truly making a powerful impact in our community here in Northeast Pennsylvania,” said Somers, a 2006 Scranton High School graduate. Somers worked alongside Marques, who is staying on until the end of the year, for a few months before taking over the position. “She just brings so much energy and I think she’s very mission-oriented,” said Mary Griffin Cummings, chairwoman of the board, said of Somers. “There’s no doubt in my mind that she understands the Sisters of Mercy.” The center, which helps area homeless, particularly women and children, through a variety of long- and short-term programs, is a ministry of the sisters. As a college student at New York University, Somers spent an internship interviewing homeless people at different organizations. Since then, she has worked for and with many area nonprofits, including as a major gift officer for the Lehigh Valley Health Network Pocono Foundation. She said the executive director position at an organization that makes a visible difference in the lives of homeless women and children combines her passions. The Catherine McAuley Center, established in 1984, served over 3,000 clients last year in some capacity, said Somers, a Scranton resident. Cummings, who was a member of the executive director search committee, remarked on Somers’ development experience. “It’s tough these days for nonprofits to survive and I think she’s going to be key to the financial stability,” she said. The center also has a facility in Plymouth, the Catherine McAuley House, a transitional living facility located on Church Street. For more information on the center or to donate, visit www.catherinemcauleycenter.org. Contact the writer: kbolus@timesshamrock.com 570-348-9100 x5114 @kbolusTT

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