After helping countless women transition from victim to survivor of domestic violence, Time Out’s executive director is retiring.
Gerry Bailey says although she is stepping down as director on Nov. 30, she will not stray far from the program she helped expand over the last seven years.
“Following a rest and relaxation period, I will be very pleased to step into a volunteer role at our domestic violence emergency shelter,” she said.
Bailey joined Time Out Inc. in May of 2004 and through the years helped the organization acquire a second shelter house, increasing the number of beds for abuse survivors.
She also worked to have a new office structure built for emergency services staff, expanded programming for adults and children, recruited new volunteers, helped launch a new Web site in March and tapped into new, sustainable funding sources.
On top of this, Time Out has continued to serve survivors’ needs without reducing services during the recession. Although funding has been cut, Bailey said community members have stepped forward and are helping keep the program operational.
“All of this would not have been possible without the support of our wonderful and giving community,” Bailey said. “Caring individuals help in a number of important ways, including cash and non-cash donations; merchandise donated to and purchased at the Time Out Thrift Shop; discounted prices at businesses and tremendous volunteerism. I’m privileged to live among such generous people.”
Bailey said she has mixed emotions about retiring given the strong bonds she has cultivated with community leaders, staff, volunteers and the women and children who rely on the shelter for help.
“As I shared with our board of directors in March, I have been extremely privileged to serve in this capacity at Time Out,” she said.
John Stanton, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce manager, said Bailey would be missed.
Cindy Long, Time Out’s program support specialist, said she overheard a volunteer tell Bailey that the volunteers had taken a vote and it was unanimous — she couldn’t leave.
“Gerry is a great boss, and I think it’s safe to say that we have all been changed for the better just by knowing her,” Long said. “We will miss her tremendously.”
In her place, Linda Timmer will act as interim executive director. In early 2012, the board of directors will reopen the search for a new executive director.
“I am convinced that our strong organizational team will continue to thrive under the leadership of our dedicated board members and Timmer,” she said.
Timmer has worked at Time Out in various roles over the past six years. She currently serves as director of operations and has experience working with abuse survivors and administrative program management, including grant management, Bailey said.
“Linda will remain dedicated to serving our community, while protecting and serving the interests of our clients and funders.”
Contact Timmer at toshelt@npgcable .com.