Letter From The Founder


Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end.
Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it,
without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity. Gilda Radner


April 10, 2013

Dear Board of Directors, Hundred Nights Volunteers and  Community:

 From the very beginning, I have always stated that I would leave Hundred Nights once it could stand on its own, or when it reached the point whereby I could no longer meet the demands and expectations of the Hundred Nights community.  Due to health concerns and my desire for Hundred Nights to reach the next level of sustainability, the time has come for me to step away and execute our succession plan.

Effective today, I am resigning as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hundred Nights.    My plan is to complete my term as Director, which ends in September; thereafter, I will continue to serve Hundred Nights in the advisory capacity as founder, unless, the Board elects otherwise.  I do not know what lies ahead, but, what I do know is that my heart overflows with joy that our community came together to make a powerful impact and effect positive change.

My resignation comes at an exciting time, with great hope and belief that Hundred Nights’ best and brightest days are still ahead.   I am confident that my successor as Chair, Phaedra McDonough, supported by our Board of Directors, will usher in a new chapter and  implement the needed structure with solid policies, clear value statements and duty of care.   I leave with the comforting thought that they will fulfill their fundamental fiduciary duties for the benefit of our homeless neighbors, and thenceforth, the greater community.  I am happy to announce that we have elected three new Directors this month and several more will join in the near future, all are committed to the mission and vision of Hundred Nights.

The past three years of my life have been some of the most challenging and rewarding times.   I was honored  to have worked with and for a most diverse group of people, in a dynamic environment.   I was humbled by my experience and grateful for the opportunity to have worked with all.  I have made many new friends too and for that I am blessed.   Hundred Nights was borne from a call to action to be part of the solution for the homelessness issue in the Monadnock Region.  Without our past and present supporters:  numerous volunteers, donors, board members, guests and the community coming together, we would not have accomplished this body of work.

I only ask that you remember the good in everyone, that every day we have the potential to make a difference in the lives of others.

With many thanks and deep gratitude to all of you,