September 16, 2021

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Vintage Residence names new executive director

In May perhaps, Vintage Home Government Director Priscilla Connect with Essert introduced ideas to step down from her position by the stop of summer months, immediately after practically 4 a long time in the occupation.

Renee Scott, 58, will get the reins to direct the membership-based nonprofit senior heart commencing this Friday, July 30.

“Renee delivers above two a long time of management practical experience and perseverance in the nonprofit sector to Vintage Home,” explained Paul Chakmak, board chair and president of Vintage House, in the press release asserting her appointment. “We look forward to her contribution to our Sonoma Valley local community.”

Scott grew up in Minnesota and she retains a degree in occupational sociology from Minnesota State College in Mankato. Considering the fact that 2019, she has served as government director at St. Anthony Catholic Parish in Novato, the place she resides.

Prior to that, Scott was government director of a transitional homeless facility for solitary moms and kids in Novato, initially established by the BayMarin Group Church. Now named Gilead Household, the nonprofit describes its mission as inspiring and empowering “homeless single mothers and their young children towards economical stability and independence as they navigate the journey to self-reliance.”

Prior to her stint at Gilead House, Scott’s spiritual beliefs prompted her to located and, for a ten years, run a religion-based Orthodox Christian ministry in Wichita, Kansas known as The Treehouse. The team delivers materials and solutions for “struggling moms who experienced preferred to allow their toddlers live” and the “tools to assistance moms acquire their life in a beneficial direction,” in accordance to advertising resources prepared by Scott.

Scott stressed to the Index-Tribune the difference in between the religion-based mostly companies she worked at earlier and Classic Residence, which is not affiliated with religion in any way.

“I will be functioning in direction of advancing and satisfying the mission of Classic Home,” she mentioned. “This is my sole aim and I search forward to serving the overall community of Sonoma regardless of what the need is in relation to the Classic Home mission.”

Scott informed the Index-Tribune she was a youthful mother of 4 living in Kansas when she was encouraged to find a occupation the place she could aid other moms and youngsters. Now, she is wanting to shift her aim to a new demographic.

“I launched a nonprofit from the floor up serving that audience and nowadays, in my late 50s, I identified myself interested in conference the wants of people today in the next phase of daily life that I, also, am headed into,” she said.

Scott stated she is searching ahead to serving to Sonoma seniors to combat “the isolation and loneliness” they might have felt in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I really like the chance to bring persons below, nurture friendships and explore the holistic strategies we can aid with their nicely-currently being.”

Classic House will celebrate its 45th yr in 2022. The membership-based group was founded in 1977 and turned a nonprofit in 1983. Its mission is explained as “encouraging daily life-prolonged understanding, improving very well-becoming and supporting impartial living for Sonoma Valley residents as they age.”

The senior center’s facility downtown features lecture rooms, exercise regions, a library and computer lab, a commercial kitchen and a lodge-style banquet venue.

Classic Residence packages for seniors include transportation, weekly meals, property repair and housing aid, lessons, events and extra.

Essert joined Vintage Dwelling in November 2017. Of her accomplishments for the duration of her tenure, Essert is most very pleased of broadening the programming with new collaborative efforts, a songs sequence and meals courses. She and her spouse, Bill, will be relocating to Angels Camp, California to be nearer to their kids and grandchildren.

Scott, who will commute to Sonoma from her home in Novato, claims her initial few months will mainly be spent listening.

“My strategy is just to dive deep for the first 100 times — master the historical past of Classic Property, satisfy the board, staff members, donors, volunteers and, of training course, the members,” she explained. “I’ll be mastering as significantly as I can to determine out how to build on the great perform that Priscilla has accomplished for the past 4 many years.”

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