March 11, 2014

Homeless Shelter seeking new executive director


The Christian Shelter for the Homeless in London is seeking a new executive director for the shelter following the resignation of their former executive director, Lance Marzula.

Marzula resigned as executive director after being arrested for alcohol intoxication on February 14.

Currently, board members for the Christian Shelter for the Homeless are filling the vacant position in order to maintain daily operations at the shelter.

“We felt that not everything going on was of a Christian nature,” said Board President Tom Combs.  “It’s unfortunate, the incident that happened, but all things will work for the good.  The need for the homeless is still here and we’re going to continue to focus on them.”

Combs said that despite the incident and the vacant executive director position, services at the shelter are running as normally as possible.

“Currently we’re housing emergency cases only,” Combs said.  “We have the resources to refer people to other local shelters but we will never turn someone away if they are in need.”

Although the board of directors have decided to not advertise the position yet, they are hopeful that they will find a person seeking a mission that involves some stress but provides lots of rewarding moments.

According to Combs, the shelter relies heavily on the support of the public.  For example, Combs says that the shelter does not buy food.  He recalled several occasions where the generosity of the people of Laurel County helped to feel the homeless.

“We had a lady call and say that she had some extra ground beef and asked if we wanted it,” Combs recalled.  “I asked her how much she had and she guessed it was around 130 pounds.  I told her that we could definitely put it to good use.  I counted 146 one-pound packages of ground beef.  It came at a time when we were having a food shortage, it was a really blessing.”

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