Gloucester Housing Partnership has new leadership
Traci Jackson, a longtime supporter of the GHP, started as its executive director on Jan. 3 and has hit the ground running.
“We’re preparing to do even more this year, as five new applications for assistance were received the first week of January,” Jackson said. She said she hopes to increase the use of volunteers from the community in the coming year to help get more projects completed at a lower cost.
“I believe that people genuinely want to be involved in something good and the GHP is that something good,” Jackson said. Another goal of the organization, she said, is to obtain 50 percent of its job costs from outside resources and partnering sponsors.
Another one of Jackson’s goals is to increase the GHP’s presence in the community through better outreach and social media. “It has been far too many years for the general public to not know who we are or what we do,” she said. “Once awareness is increased, I have no doubt that we will grow and expand with leaps and bounds.”
Jackson first learned of the GHP working on and off for one of her neighbors throughout the years. She got to know GHP’s lead foreman Danny Joyce and some of the volunteers who helped the organization. Once she realized there was an opening for an executive director for the organization, she “jumped on the opportunity.” She added, “This is where my heart is.”
Before witnessing the organization help her neighbor, Jackson said she didn’t know that the GHP existed, and is afraid many others in the community have not heard about it or what it has to offer. “It’s such an amazing organization to help people who can’t help themselves,” she said.