Our Place welcomes new leadership

Dave Billings, left, new Executive Director at Our Place Drop-In Center, and members of his staff. Photo provided

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Our Place Drop-in Center is welcoming new leadership as David Billings takes the reins from retiring executive director Lisa Pitcher. Pitcher retired in August after leading the food pantry for 12 years.

“We appreciate all that Lisa and her staff have done to address the needs of our food-insecure neighbors,” said Our Place Board President Sarah Campbell. “Change is challenging, but we look forward to a new perspective on how we carry out our mission.”

Billings brings to the position 20 years of experience in sales in the food and beverage, culinary and financial services industries, including running a family restaurant for a dozen years in New Jersey, his home state. Along the way, he was a financial advisor with investment firms, worked in mold remediation, and sold cars. Billings said his goals for the moment are to augment the organization’s donor relations through increased donor recognition and to highlight the work of Our Place through a quarterly newsletter. “We’ve heard that local nonprofits aren’t getting the word out about the good work they’re doing and how they’re accomplishing their mission,” he said. “We owe it to our donors to let them know how their gifts are being used.”

Our Place is looking forward to restocking its food pantry with its annual Overflow the Opera House fundraiser Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 to collect food and monetary donations at a drive-up spot in front of the Bellows Falls Opera House.

The staff is currently serving about a hundred packaged breakfast and dinner meals a day, plus monthly providing boxes of food stuffs to 93 families representing 175 adults and 82 children and another 31 boxes of food delivered to homebound individuals.

Our Place is a food pantry located at 4 Island Street whose mission is to offer help with food and other essential needs in a non-judgmental, safe and respectful atmosphere. It serves families in Rockingham and the surrounding area and in Walpole and North Walpole, N.H. Information is available by contacting 802-463-2217, emailing info@ourplacevermont.org, or online at www.ourplacevermont.org and on Facebook.

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