For the last three years I have had the pleasure of serving as Cogswell Hall's Marketing Assistant. While I look forward to the next step in my career, it saddens me to announce that my last day working for the organization is today, Friday, May 19, 2017. Upon first impression, I knew that Cogswell Hall was led with integrity and passion. The vital impact of its approach to low-income housing, however, has revealed its many layers and nuances every day since.
The dedicated staff of Cogswell Hall look at the walls of their office not simply as a space for business, but as attachments to someone’s home. Positivity and genuine concern are intrinsic to workplace culture. Our board members are deeply committed in a variety of ways that extend beyond meeting rooms and fundraisers. Volunteers and neighbors keep the mission of Cogswell Hall thriving with their unwavering advocacy and support. My work here has been driven as much by these friends I have worked alongside of as the lives we touch.
The residents of Cogswell Hall without a doubt have taught me more than I could have ever possibly imagined. With each fascinating story or subtly imparted wisdom, my life is richer. Inside these small rooms are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, widows, students, former co-workers and supervisors, volunteers, artists, mentors, dreamers, and lovers. That’s why I’ve dedicated my time here to building a connection between you and our residents. An activist friend of mine, Rubén Castilla Hererra, often says, “It makes little sense to live in a community and not live in community.” I whole-heartedly believe that Cogswell Hall sets an example of living in community that we all need to pay attention to.
As a Detroit Shoreway neighbor I will remain an active supporter of Cogswell Hall and volunteer with the Emerging Ambassadors of Cogswell Hall. Starting next week, in my new role as a Specialist in the Integrated Communications department at Cuyahoga Community College, I will be located mainly at the Metro Campus downtown and will be working as part of a much larger department dedicated to communications for the entire institution. Since graduating from Kent State University in 2008, I have worked exclusively for housing and human services nonprofits. Cogswell Hall has set the standard for fulfilling work and I am grateful to my supervisor Hans Holznagel and our executive director Diana Cyganovich for their confidence in me as a designer, writer, creative and communicator. I look forward to reconnecting with the countless friends I have made within this organization later this year at Coming Home. Thank you!