September 1, 2021
“I am for keeping the thing going while things are stirring. Because if we wait till it is still, it will take a great while to get it going again.” – Sojourner Truth
Things were certainly stirring at Sojourner Truth House, as a new era of leadership began July 1st with a familiar face. The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ chose Angela Curtis to succeed Sister Peg Spindler, CSA, and to “keep things going” as the day center’s new Executive Director.
Angela Curtis came to STH in 2014 as an intern, then joined the staff in 2015 as a case manager who worked closely with clients to help them accomplish their goals. She holds master’s degrees in social work, business administration and human resource management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. She also has nearly 20 years of pre-STH office and administrative management experience.
In her prior positions, Angela especially enjoyed helping people. “At STH, I feel joy when you can see a difference in the ladies, when they keep coming back to work on their issues and on themselves,” she said. “We have a great team that takes our mission to heart, and that makes it very enjoyable to do this work.”
Her move from case manager to executive director was inspired by a longing to be more of a voice in nurturing the growth of STH services and programs. Her vision is to focus more on the problems of generational poverty – multiple generations of mothers, daughters, and granddaughters who continue to seek help at STH, and to be proactive.
“I think STH can do a lot of things; we’re on the right path. But if we don’t offer more services for youth now to offset the things they’re going through in their families (homelessness, witnessing substance abuse by adults, food insecurity), they they’re going to grow up to be at STH, too,” she said. “We need to give them an outlet and a voice to express what they’re going through.”
“STH has really relied on replied on your generosity to faithfully support our women and children,” Angela said. “I want to encourage you to visit us occasionally for Coffee & Conversation so that I can share with you how much your support helps.” Your support allows us to continue to serve and grow our mission. Thank you!”