Danica Dickson Murray is new director of Butler Homeless Initiative
Butler Homeless Initiative is pleased to announce the organization has hired a full time executive director, Danica Dickson Murray of El Dorado.
The new director will be responsible for overseeing BHI’s programs, projects, processes and procedures, fundraising, and working to gain community involvement and support.
Murray’s education and professional experience uniquely equips her to make an impact during her time with the Homeless Initiative.
Murray holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Strategic Leadership from Southwestern College, certificates in both Change Leadership and Operational Leadership, and an Associates in Sociology/Social Work from Butler Community College. Her professional experience includes two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member, six years as Service-Learning Facilitator at Butler Community College, and one year of case management experience. Murray has a strong history of community and civic engagement in El Dorado, and is a graduate of Leadership Butler Class of 2009.
Butler Homeless Initiative, Inc. exists to provide shelter to those without basic shelter while actively seeking solutions to each individual root problem of homelessness to achieve successful independent living. The initiative currently oversees a rapid re-housing program, and plans to open a cold weather shelter again this winter. As preparations are made to open the shelter, BHI will be seeking volunteers to aid in its operation. As the organization grows, a big focus will be on community support and engagement, as well as fundraising. BHI plans to seek grant funding to help offset operation costs, and will also partner with other organizations to coordinate service projects and fundraising events to raise awareness and engage the community.
As BHI expands, an effort will be made to assist those in need while taking into consideration the needs and wants of the entire community. An organization cannot prosper without community support, and BHI recognizes the need for a solution that is specific to our community, that tailors to the needs of the community as a whole, not just those BHI serves. BHI is excited to connect with community members to get input, ideas, and work together to find a solution to serving those in need in Butler County that integrates into the community in such a way it fits the needs of all citizens.
The Butler Homeless Initiative accepts all kinds of donations and volunteers. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated, but in-kind donations of items needed to run the organization and volunteers who are willing to donate their time are also encouraged. BHI welcomes all volunteers- individuals, families, businesses, companies, schools, organizations, clubs and faith based groups. BHI currently has a list of items needed for their next project. If you are interested in donating or volunteering, you may find more information by visiting the website www.butlerhomelessinitiative.org, calling (316)323-4122, or finding Butler Homeless Initiative on Facebook.