When Deb Stock retired as CEO of YWCA York last summer, she wasn't finished working to help women in the community.
She's now serving as interim executive director of Turning Point Women's Counseling & Advocacy Center in Springettsbury Township. The organization gives adult female survivors of child sexual abuse an opportunity to heal through therapy and support.
"I love the mission because unfortunately, there are so many women who need this service in York County," Stock said.
Creating a plan: The center opened in November 2012, and Stock, who's been there three weeks, said her immediate goal is to research and put three or four business models on the table for discussion. She has a business background and helped build the YWCA for 13 years -- and saw its operational budget grow from $1 million to $7 million.
"I'm really optimistic about the future and the growth of the organization," she said.
Although Stock's expertise helps, she said it takes teamwork, a strong board and dedicated staff to make a successful nonprofit.
"And we have that at Turning Point," she said.
It was a good fit, Stock said -- professionally and personally.
"Women's issues and serving women has always been my passion," she said.
Since she's only serving the position temporarily, she said she will stick around to plan out a business model and help the organization select a permanent executive director down the road.
Staff response: Someone like Stock, who is visible in the community and has a lot of contacts, is invaluable to a nonprofit, said board chair Jody Keller.
"We were really, really excited to have her join us. ... As a new service organization, we really need to have a model that will allow it to be sustainable," she said. "So that's what she's really working on."
For founder and clinical director Kristen Woolley, having Stock's leadership at the helm will help push the nonprofit forward.
"Very excited, very honored," she said. "It's very humbling to have her expertise and her willingness to join us."
Woolley, a survivor of child sexual abuse, founded Turning Point with the simple goal of helping one woman overcome her shame. That goal has been achieved with multiple women, she said.
"We're seeing that we're actually making a difference," Woolley said. "The concept is working."
-- Reach Mollie Durkin firstname.lastname@example.org.