Betsey Curlee, the new director, has been a social worker with FIRST since they moved to their current location in West Gate a decade ago. When former director Laura Dalton left, “We wondered how much change we were going to have to deal with. We had a laid back office, where everybody got along pretty well, and we wanted to keep it that way. So I applied for the job, and I got it.”
Since then, “not all that much has changed,” she continued. Sheree Fomby of Lincoln was hired to take over Curlee’s previous position. “She fits in beautifully,” she said.
There are currently some structural changes being made to the building, and Curlee is still trying to teach herself to be more of a numbers person, “but nothing has changed as far as the resources we’ll be offering. We got a grant to continue the Life Skills program in the city schools, and we’re looking at opportunities to expand into Lincoln, Munford and Winterboro also.”
Curlee said she became director in July, and handled her new and old jobs simultaneously until the end of August.
The biggest new initiative of her tenure so far was to enter into a partnership with the Red Door Kitchen. “We take all the applications, screen them, and take them a list of people that need deliveries every week. It’s really worked out well.”