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Willow Tree Missions of Monticello is looking for a new executive director for Neighbor House, the domestic violence shelter it opened earlier this year.
Kimberley Boyd, who helped establish the shelter, has resigned to spend more time with her family. Her last day at the post is Dec. 14, and Willow Tree Missions Board of Directors President Suzanne Wells hopes to have a replacement hired by that time.
“We couldn’t have opened the (Neighbor) House without her,” said Wells. “She has a tremendous background in domestic violence and working with victims. She is very passionate for that kind of work.”
Boyd said she enjoyed the work, but that having three children still living at home and commuting from Bloomington spurred her decision to step down.
“I have really enjoyed the work. But with little kids at home, I’m just going to stay at home with them, and go back to school eventually,” said Boyd, adding her desire to pursue a criminal justice degree.
She said she will miss the Willow Tree workers, advocates, and their clients.
“I will really miss helping the victims of Piatt County. We have a good client base,” she said.
Willow Tree, the umbrella organization that oversees Neighbor House, is “currently doing interviews” for Boyd’s replacement, said Wells.
“We’re happy with the quality of applicants, which has been very high. It’s going to be tough to replace Kim but we’ve been happy so far with those (applicants) who have responded,” added Wells.
“In the meantime, the House will remain open for victims, including housing. However, we will need to limit the families’ stay to 72 hours in the House while we are in this transition phase,” said Wells.
The hotline for Neighbor House is 217-631-1111.