New Hope Community Life Ministries' new director knows a lot about one of the non-profit's operations.
Now she will be learning more about the rest of the agency's programs.
Deb Riddell, who ran the ministries' resale shop for more than seven years, will be New Hope's new director.
Riddell has been working on donor development and events planning for Bethany Christian Services in Lancaster for three and a half years. She had earlier managed New Hope Community Closet for more than seven years.
"I will be overseeing the operations and I'm excited to see if we can grow the ministries," she said last week. "I'm excited to be back, working in Quarryville, and getting more invested in the community."
Before she guided the agency's growth, however, she will spend time learning more about the agency's ministries.
"When I meet with the pastors' network, I will be asking them what is needed in the community," Riddell said. "It will be exciting to see what our strengths are and what our needs are."
One of New Hope's missions is to make the community aware of the services it and others offer in the Southern End.
Although the non-profit may expand its reach, "we're about faith-based counseling regardless of a person's ability to pay," the new director said.
The non-profit began searching for a new director after former leader Neil Uniacke decided to leave more than a month ago.
New Hope's board received a dozen applications for the job. Of them, five sent in requested profiles and three were interviewed once.
Two candidates were invited back for second interviews and Riddell was chosen following that round.
Four factors guided the final choice said Gerry Phillips, chairman of New Hope's board of directors.
"She knows the ministry and New Hope Community Closet, she has a heart for Solanco, she knows non-profits, and, most important, she has a heart for the Lord," Phillips said.
Riddell is the agency's fifth director. She will begin her work at the agency's office on Maple Ave., Quarryville, in mid-May.