Press release from Homeward Bound of WNC:
Nonprofit Consultant Cindy McMahon has been chosen to serve as Interim Executive Director of Homeward Bound of WNC beginning August 2. McMahon will lead the organization whose mission is to prevent and end homelessness in our community through permanent housing and support when Meredith Switzer transitions from her position to spend more time with her family.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to support Homeward Bound during this time of transition, and to collaborate with the board, staff, volunteers, and partners to continue our work while the organization secures new leadership,” shared McMahon. “It’s an honor to be part of the important work this organization does to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness.“
McMahon has been a nonprofit consultant for several decades, working as a Senior Consultant with Nonprofit Pathways and for her own firm. In early 2000, McMahon was the Director of Operations for the YWCA of Asheville where she provided organizational leadership, program oversight, and fiscal and facility management. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Buncombe County Board of Education.
Homeward Bound Board President Vann Vogel stated, “Cindy brings a wealth of nonprofit experience to the role and the Board of Directors feels she is uniquely skilled to be our Interim Director while we finalize our national search for our next Executive Director.”
Since 2006, Homeward Bound has moved more than 2,250 people into housing and 92% have not returned to homelessness (this figure represents housing retention across Homeward Bound’s most recent 12-month survey period.) The organization uses the Housing First model which embraces the principle that permanent housing is the foundation from which people can start rebuilding their lives. Until a person experiencing homelessness has a safe, secure place to live, he or she cannot move forward with addressing other struggles like mental illness, substance use or chronic illness. For more information, visit www.homewardboundwnc.org.