New leader to direct strategic direction and operations for homeless shelters, daytime resource centers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2023
GREEN BAY, Wis. — St. John’s Ministries board of directors has announced Jesse Brunette as its new Executive Director. He will lead the strategic direction and operations of two homeless shelters and two daytime resource centers.
St. John’s Ministries is a Green Bay area non-profit that owns and operates two homeless shelters of last resort, along with two daytime resource centers (Wellspring and the Micah Center). Its mission is to honor the dignity, restore hope and create lasting change for those experiencing homelessness or housing instability in the Green Bay community.
“After an extensive interview process that lasted six months, with a number of highly qualified candidates, the board of directors stood unanimously behind selecting Jesse,” said St. John’s Ministries’ board of directors’ chair Dennis Grusnick. “His experience, leadership, knowledge, and vision for the future made him the ideal choice to take St. John’s Ministries to the next level.”
Brunette will assume his new role effective on October 2 and will succeed Dr. Alexia Wood, who will transition to Executive Director of The Gateway Collective, which oversees Socially Inclusive Housing.
“As wonderful as life is in Green Bay, there are some among us who are struggling with a variety of issues that have caused them to experience homelessness or housing instability,” Brunette said. “The mission of St. John’s Ministries is critically important as we encounter, assist, and encourage people along their paths from homelessness to stable housing. It is an honor to lead and represent our staff, volunteers, and donors as we impact more lives through our many values, most specifically hope, love, and compassion.”
Brunette has spent much of his professional life advocating to meet the needs of Green Bay residents and to elevate the quality of life for all. As a dedicated, well-respected member of the community, he brings nearly 10 years of leadership experience in faith-based non-profit organizations. During his time at St. John’s Ministries, Brunette has been responsible for building relationships with ecumenical partners and engaging the community about the mission of St. John’s Ministries.
He has a deep understanding and appreciation for partnerships and collaborations within social ministry, including service to the homeless and those facing housing instability. In addition, he has a strong understanding of social service delivery, trauma-informed care, mental health, substance abuse, and the financial and housing-related difficulties guests at St. John’s Ministries face. He served Catholic Charities through a variety of roles over a 9-year tenure, including financial counseling and education, administrative management, parish and community engagement, and social ministry. He gained valuable experience in strategic and organizational leadership, financial management, advocacy for underserved populations, and program support.
“Jesse is deeply invested in the mission and vision at St. John’s Ministries,” said Grusnick. “He demonstrates care and compassion for those we serve and has a deep understanding of our mission. Jesse will create lasting change in moving the organization forward. His experience serving in non-partisan civic government for 12 years and currently as City Council President equips him with the knowledge and understanding of the ever-changing needs in the Green Bay community, as well as the resources available to support individuals in need.”
The Gateway Collective, a new non-profit formed out of St. John’s Ministries in March, will focus on homelessness prevention with Socially Inclusive Housing. While both organizations differ, they will work in tandem to tackle homelessness and housing instability from different perspectives.
About St. John’s Ministries:
St. John’s Ministries’ mission is to honor the dignity, restore hope and create lasting change for those experiencing homelessness or housing instability in the greater Green Bay community. At St. John’s Ministries, we believe each person is unique, with the same inherent worth as the day they were born. We meet each of our guests right where they’re at and walk alongside them on their journey. Our vision is that through a spirit of familiarity, rapport and trust, each person will leave better than they came. Services are provided across four locations. At our two seasonal emergency shelters of last resort, we provide adults experiencing homelessness with a safe place to sleep during the harsh winter months. At the Micah Center and Wellspring, our two daytime resource centers, we equip adults experiencing homelessness – as well as community members at-risk – with the tools to achieve self-sufficiency. StJohnsGreenBay.org
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