Kristy Milligan to become next executive director of Westside CARES
She will succeed longtime CEO Steve Brown, who is retiring June 30 after 15 years in the position. (See Westside Pioneer article at this link.)
“Kristy had the experience and expertise we were seeking as we looked for the right person to continue to move the organization forward and build on Steve's outstanding work,” said Dick Anderwald, chair of the agency's executive board. “Not only does she have a wealth of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit administration, she has a passion and commitment to serving people in need.”
Overseen by 22 churches and headquartered at 2808 W. Colorado Ave., Westside CARES is a private nonprofit that “serves the homeless and working poor on the west side of El Paso County,” a press release outlines.
Most recently, Milligan was a vice president for Rocky Mountain PBS. She was previously the executive director of Citizens Project and communications director for the Girl Scouts Wagon Wheel Council. “Milligan also has deep ties to the Westside, having been raised in the area,” the press release adds.
In a prepared statement, the new director said, “I'm thrilled about the opportunity to work with the dynamic and talented team at Westside CARES to provide care and compassion to neighbors in need.” Milligan pledged to “continue working to remove impediments to self-sufficiency and restore dignity to our most vulnerable community members.”
Among Westside CARES' services are food pantries, emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities, a clothing and laundry voucher program and community nursing and prescription assistance.
The agency also has a continuing fund drive to pay off the mortgage at 2808 W. Colorado, which has been its home since 2013.
The Colorado Avenue office is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Westside Pioneer/press release