A Word from Joe Colaizzi on Retirement

June 25, 2018 8:38 pm by Elizabeth Perry in Uncategorized

In 1985, on Super Bowl Sunday, I began my adventure as executive director of Kansas City Rescue Mission.

To tell you the truth, the board at that time wasn’t sure KCRM, then located in a deteriorating building in the River Market, could exist much longer. They wondered if it might be a good idea to just close it down. But I asked them to give me a chance, and thankfully they said, “Yes!”

Since that day over three decades ago, my wife Marilyn and I watched in amazement as God brought the people who would grow the ministry into our doors. Donors, volunteers, staff, homeless men and women — he used their skills, their finances, their prayers and their needs to build KCRM into the vibrant ministry it is today.

It has been a great adventure — and you’ve been such an important part of it! That’s why I’m writing today to let you know about our plans for the future. It may be a little sentimental, but I’ve decided my final day as KCRM’s executive director will be Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Members of KCRM’s board of directors have teamed up with our executive team and me to prepare for my retirement: finding the next leader to serve as the Mission’s executive director, and preparing our staff, donors and our community for this transition. Above all, we are committed to the mission of KCRM to “offer freedom and hope to the poor and homeless, empowering them to reach their full potential.”

You can rest assured that every program we offer — from providing nutritious meals and safe, clean shelter, to our Christ-centered, residential recovery programs for men and women — will operate as vibrantly and effectively as always!

I’m so thankful for your partnership, and I encourage you to contact me if you’d like to talk. I would love to hear from you! Most of all, please pray for Marilyn and me, and for KCRM as we move through this process.

With gratitude and affection,

Joe Colaizzi