New Interfaith Outreach Executive Director: ‘We Have Families That Are Struggling’
Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners, a Plymouth-based nonprofit that serves the needs of people experiencing hardship in the western suburbs, now has a new leader to help guide it through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Kevin Ward was named executive director of Interfaith Outreach. Ward has more than two decades of experience working in business, ministry, nonprofit leadership and coaching.
“Knowing the community and how the community has supported this mission for the last 40-plus years, I knew it was a great place that had a great history,” said Ward. “I knew that it was an opportunity for me to come and join and try to figure out, what does the next 40 look like? And so based on the mission, based on the people who are part of this mission, and the communities in which we serve, that’s why I’m here.”
In this new role, Ward says he wants to not only work to meet the needs of the communities served by Interfaith Outreach, but he also wants to ensure that they have programs and support systems in place to help local families thrive, especially in this COVID environment.
“We all know COVID is on our plate and we have families that are struggling,” Ward said. “And we want to make sure that we can support them. We want to make sure that we can get them the resources that they need, when they need them.”
Kevin Ward takes over for Greg Hilding, who had been named as Interfaith Outreach’s executive director in April but served in that role for only a short time.