Important Message From Broad Street Ministry
September 25, 2020
|From the Broad Street Ministry Board:|
It is with genuine sadness that we announce that Mike Dahl has decided to leave Broad Street Ministry (BSM) after four extremely successful years as Executive Director. We are comforted, however, that he will remain associated with BSM as a Senior Adviser and that he has recruited a talented senior management team ready to write the next chapter of the organization. Chief Operating Officer, Laure Biron, will assume Mike’s duties as Interim Executive Director.
During his tenure, Mike has put his heart and soul into our mission of transforming our city by embracing the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors, and throughout he has remained true to our promise of Radical Hospitality.
Mike has been tireless, innovative and courageous in pursuit of this mission. He has been a true warrior on the issues of homelessness and food insecurity. He expanded our health care, civic engagement, and case management services and helped establish our successful reentry program for formerly incarcerated citizens.
Under Mike’s leadership, BSM’s performance during the pandemic has been nothing short of heroic, helping raise over $2.5 million for our Step Up to the Plate partnership which itself served over 300,000 meals during the pandemic and ensured essential, life sustaining services under the most difficult circumstances.
We wish Mike well as he pursues his new passion, launching a new nonprofit focused on facilitating cross-sector collaborations in the social services sector, work that builds directly on his experience at BSM with Step Up to the Plate.
It is impossible to overstate Mike’s positive impact on our institution and on our city. We are grateful for his leadership and know that he will always be an important part of the BSM family.
From Mike Dahl:
It is with mixed emotions that I write to you on my last day as Executive Director for Broad Street Ministry. I am truly grateful for my time here.
Leading Broad Street Ministry has been one of the greatest honors of my life – I love this institution and the radical hospitality it provides for so many of our neighbors experiencing trauma and deep poverty. I am proud of all we have accomplished together, including expanding health care access, case management services, launching new reentry and ID programs, and feeding thousands during the pandemic. While it is hard to leave, I take comfort in knowing that Laure Biron has agreed to serve as Interim Executive Director while the Board conducts a formal search process. There is no one I would trust more to take over my responsibilities. I will continue to be available to advise the Broad Street Ministry team for as long as needed.
I am nervous and excited about the future as I look to apply the lessons that I have learned here in my next chapter of life. I will continue to help vulnerable populations, but will focus my efforts on promoting cross-sector collaborations that provide new solutions to old problems. Finally, my heart is heavy because I know that I will not get to work every day with the wonderful staff, guests, partners and donors that make our radical hospitality possible.
For me, BSM has always been about striving to bring about Dr. King’s ideal of a Beloved Community, a society built on the concept of agape or an overflowing love for all that seeks nothing in return. Each and every one of you is a member of my Beloved Community.
I will miss you dearly and look forward to the day when our paths cross again.