Urban Mission Seeks New Leader After Loomis ResignsPosted: Updated:
The executive director of the Watertown Urban Mission is leaving to take a new job. The mission announced Thursday that Joanna Loomis has resigned to join the staff of the North Country Initiative.
Loomis had served the mission for about five years in several capacities, including critical needs coordinator, director of
development, and executive director.
Under her leadership, the mission says the organization has enhanced its services, including an expansion of the Bridge program, an alternative-to-incarceration program that fosters recovery from addictions; an expansion of its Wheels to Work services, which empowers low-income people to secure and maintain employment through vehicle supports; the addition of a community garden with the partnership of Chapin Living Waters and Cornell Cooperative Extension, to improve access to fresh, local vegetables for low-income households; and offering “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World” workshops in partnership with Community Action Planning Council and the Volunteer Transportation Center to empower people in poverty to achieve self-sufficiency.
Loomis joins the North Country Initiative as its director of provider strategy and transformation, where she will work
collaboratively with healthcare providers in Lewis, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence Counties to foster continuous development
of a high-quality, value-driven regional healthcare system.
Recruitment for a new executive director is underway.