Tallahassee, FL, July 20, 2009 – Last October when Kay Freeman, Executive Director of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition, passed away, the community lost a powerful voice in the fight against homelessness. The eight-month-long national search for a new Executive Director for the Coalition has called a former community leader back to Tallahassee to continue Freeman’s tireless pursuit of solutions to homelessness.
Susan Pourciau, the new leader of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition, was graduating from Duke Law School when she learned about the opportunity at the Coalition. According to Pourciau, “It was the perfect match. I wanted to dedicate all my skills – in business and finance, nonprofit management, law, grant writing, public speaking, and leadership – to pursue my passion for finding solutions to homelessness. And that was exactly what the Coalition wanted and needed.”
Pourciau’s name is a familiar one in our community. After leaving the business faculty at Florida State University, Pourciau was Executive Director of the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO). She also served on the Florida Governor’s Commission on Homelessness and on the Board of Directors of the Florida Coalition for the Homeless. Pourciau’s unusual path away from Tallahassee, to law school, and then back to Tallahassee, was recently profiled in the Duke Law Magazine. (See http://www.law.duke.edu/news/pdf/lawmagsummer09.pdf at p. 37.)
Ronald Garrison, Executive Director of StarMetro and President of the Board of the Coalition stated, “The Coalition is thrilled to have Susan Pourciau, a dedicated leader who is uniquely qualified to lead the way by working with and galvanizing the efforts of the Coalition Board, our partners and community leaders to positively impact the cause for ending homelessness in our region.”
The Big Bend Homeless Coalition is the leader of a compassionate community partnership dedicated to coordinating resources and providing services to empower people experiencing homelessness, and finding solutions to homelessness in the eight-county Big Bend area. The Coalition’s services include: Housing Opportunities and Personal Empowerment (HOPE) Community, a transitional housing program for families and adults; HomePlate, a permanent supportive housing program for chronically homeless individuals; serving as lead agency for the homeless continuum of care; and providing local and rural outreach, advocacy, and education.