A farewell message from Kevin J. Noonan, Executive Director:
When I was in my twenties and early thirties I had the privilege of traveling and working in Southeast Asia, Africa and in Central America. Throughout those years I with worked people who had fled from their home countries; people who were refugees. Many endured perilous journeys and a countless number did not survive. Fortunately, hundreds of thousands were resettled in the United States and in other countries.
After returning home I did not continue to work with people who are refugees even though I have been privileged to know several. Instead, for over 25 years, I dedicated myself to the cause of another group of people who are displaced from their homes; people who are homeless.
In late June I took an unpaid leave of absence from Craig’s Doors to fill-in as the field office director of an agency which does resettle people who are refugees. The work has been rewarding and it reminded me of those I once sent to America. I now had a chance to see how they were received and welcomed here and I realized how much I missed working in this field.
At the end of my temporary assignment the position became open and I was asked to continue in a permanent capacity. As a founding member of Craig’s Doors, a decision to leave was a very difficult but I ultimately decided to accept the post. I strongly believe these new Americans can be counted among our most important natural resources. The diversity they and their children bring to America strengthens our communities.
My work with people who are homeless has been an honor and a privilege and I am extremely grateful for the cooperative effort we enjoyed from our board, staff, volunteers and generous donors. I am also grateful for the support we received from the Town and from our gracious hosts at First Baptist Church. We accomplished what many said was not possible and for that I am deeply grateful.
I have no doubt that Craig’s Doors and the community of Amherst will continue to fight for the well being and survival of those who live in the hope of finding a home and those who seek “refuge” from the life threatening New England cold. I am also optimistic that Craig’s Doors will ultimately realize its goal of developing permanent affordable housing.
Amherst has been my home for over 23 years so I will not say good-bye because I hope to visit whenever possible. So, until we meet again, I leave you with these words:
May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire. ~ Irish Blessing
Kevin J. Noonan
Our mission is to provide safe, caring shelter for people who are homeless while we work to develop supportive housing and to help build an improved quality of life for those who are without a home. Craig’s Doors is committed to helping people to find ways to become empowered to improve the quality of their lives through the creation of safe, respectful shelter and housing. Our seasonal shelter for people who have no home is Craig’s Place, operates from November 1 through April 30.
Craig’s Doors – A Home Association, Inc. is a private non-profit, secular, human services agency which is classified by the IRS as a 501 (c) 3 agency. Contributions are tax-deductible.
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Craig's Doors was founded in the summer of 2011 with the belief that all people deserve access to the safety, dignity and privacy of a home – with a door –of their own.
Our offices are located in Suite 4A
256 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002-1729