Thank you for your ministry to COHI! We love you and are so grateful for your leadership, energy and wisdom over the past two years.
A Word about Jennifer Sassin, COHI Executive Director.
In the fall of 2016, the COHI Board of Directors voted to hire Jennifer Sassin to be our “Part Time” Executive Director.
At the time, Jennifer and husband Frank lived in Washington DC. Jennifer had been a free lance technical writer for many years. However, she was certainly not a stranger to Community of Hope International. Jennifer had been trained as a lay chaplain in Houston many years ago and when she and Frank moved to Washington DC, she began a COHI center in their DC suburb of Pohick, Virginia. Later Jennifer was asked to be the Regional Representative for the Atlantic Region and during her time in that position, many new centers sprang up in Virginia.
Jennifer has blessed us all with her can do attitude, encouragement, innovative thinking, communication skills, love for Community of Hope, and seemingly limitless energy. As she was accomplishing tasks for COHI, too numerous to mention, she was involved with building a home in Canyon Lake, Texas, keeping up with a new little grandson in Washington DC (and his mom and dad,) visiting with her other grandchildren and their parents in Houston, being with her mom in Houston, and finally, in the spring of 2018, moving to the new home in Canyon Lake and having her mom (who is now Jennifer’s full time care receiver) move in as well.
Because of her need to be fully present for her dear mother, Jennifer found that she could no longer spend the many hours that she had been (much more than the “part time” that she was being paid for!) on leading Community of Hope International. She informed the COHI Board that she would need to leave her position as Executive Director at the end of July.
It seems hard to believe that we could ever replace her, and we already miss her dearly. However, we know that from time to time, we will see her at an Annual Conference. We also know that she will continue to bless us with her encouragement, love and prayers.
Jennifer, we will keep you in our hearts and in our prayers as you become a full-time caregiver. You have been well trained in that vocation and you have been responsible for training hundreds of others as well! Thank you for being a model for us in the ways of caregiving and Benedictine Spirituality.