Gretchen Pendleton, chairperson of the board of directors of the Open Door in Royersford, has announced that, as of Dec. 31, Laurie Faust, the executive director, has decided to step down from her post after 10 years of dedicated service. In the interim, the board of directors will assume leadership of Open Door until a new director is hired.

Speaking for the Board, Ms. Pendleton commented, “Laurie has played a key role over the years in support of the mission and ministry of Open Door, and we are incredibly grateful for her gifts and leadership, and we will miss her.”

Laurie has been with the Open Door since its inception in 2001, and has had the leadership role since 2004. During this time, Open Door created a food pantry, thrift shop and Faiths Fashions, and acquired the building it occupies. The Open Door annually serves approximately 2,000 families in Montgomery County and provides critical services to this region.

In the interim, the board will be assuming the leadership role and searching for a new executive director. We look forward to Laurie staying connected to the Open Door and continuing to work with the Board.

For further information, please contact Gretchen Pendleton, Open Door board chair, at 610-659-0061.

Open Door is a non-profit organization which annually serves approximately 2,000 unduplicated individuals from Montgomery County who have limited incomes, including homeless, disabled, unemployed, under-employed, elderly, and single head of household families. OD assists people with basic needs such as food, clothing and emergency funds, and provides quality opportunities for employment training and developing job preparedness skills.

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