Thank you for the many ways you support our mission in a time like none other. The needs in our community are greater than ever as the global COVID-19 pandemic upends life as we know it. Families everywhere face challenges related to health, the economy, education, mental health, and simply coping with stress. We have experienced violent, unjust and traumatic events that call attention to systemic racism. These difficult times
affect everyone, but they hit the people and families Wilder serves hardest.
This was a year of transition at Wilder. Following the departure of former President MayKao Hang, longtime friend and supporter of Wilder Brad Hewitt stepped in as interim president and guided the organization through a challenging time. He never could have anticipated part of the job would be to lead Wilder during a pandemic; I am extremely grateful for his leadership and commitment.
I am also thankful for Armando Camacho, who became Wilder’s seventh president and CEO in July following a thorough search process. Armando brings a wealth of nonprofit leadership experience to Wilder and a clear passion for contributing to the Saint Paul community that raised him. I am excited to work with Armando as we continue to strengthen families and find innovative ways to meet community needs.
This past spring our leadership team made difficult programming decisions. We closed our Wilder Center for Communities division and the majority of our community leadership programs. We ended our Adult Day Health program after more than 40 years of operations. While the Twin Cities Mobile Market is still rolling, it transitioned to the local nonprofit The Food Group. These were well-loved programs that contributed a great deal to the community. Though painful, I know the decisions we made will strengthen Wilder’s ability to be a force for good in times of great uncertainty.
So much has changed around us, yet one thing that remains constant is Wilder’s impact. This report is full of examples of how Wilder worked to strengthen families in unprecedented times. Staff, supporters and volunteers stepped up to meet the needs of families in our community who continue to be resilient in the face of adversity.
I’m proud to share this report with you and prouder still to take part in Wilder’s mission to improve lives today and for generations to come. However you join us in this effort, know that you are making a difference in our community—thank you.