Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 50 / 14 December 2017
 

Breaking: Openhouse announces ED’s departure

Openhouse Executive Director Seth Kilbourn, left, joined Bob Ross Foundation President Thomas E. Horn and Openhouse program director Michelle Alcedo in front of the future site of Openhouse's offices, which will be named the Bob Ross LGBT Senior Center. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Openhouse Executive Director Seth Kilbourn, left, joined Bob Ross Foundation President Thomas E. Horn and Openhouse program director Michelle Alcedo in front of the future site of Openhouse’s offices, which will be named the Bob Ross LGBT Senior Center. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Seth Kilbourn, executive director of Openhouse, the San Francisco nonprofit dedicated to helping LGBT seniors, is leaving his post at the end of May after eight years in the post, the nonprofit announced today (Wednesday, March 30).

The news comes as the organization works to construct the much-delayed housing welcoming to LGBT seniors at 55 Laguna Street.

“Under Seth’s leadership, Openhouse has succeeded in making LGBT-welcoming senior housing a reality in San Francisco,” said Bill Scherer, president of Openhouse’s board, in a news release. “Openhouse has grown into a multi-service agency that today helps thousands of seniors every year maintain their independence and improve their health. We are thankful to Seth for his leadership and passion in driving our mission forward. The enduring foundation that we have built together means we can support the needs of our community for many years to come.”

Kilbourn stated, “I am deeply grateful to Bill and the board for their leadership, and to the extraordinary staff for their commitment and talent. Together we have built an organization that is having a measurable impact on the lives of thousands of LGBT seniors. The milestones we have achieved and the strength of the organization provide an important opportunity for me to plan my next chapter.”

The first 40 units of project and new Openhouse Service Center are set to open in August. A second phase of construction, which begins in October, includes another 79 apartments and an Openhouse Program Center.

“The opening of the city’s first LGBT-welcoming senior housing community manifests the vision that has driven this organization for many years and I am particularly proud to have helped Openhouse deliver on that promise to the community,” said Kilbourn. “I look forward to supporting Openhouse through this transition, and in the years ahead.”

During Kilbourn’s time at the agency, its budget grew from $500,000 to $1.8 million. He led the organization through a comprehensive strategic planning process in 2013 that resulted in a five-year plan that guides the agency’s growth. Openhouse served almost 2,000 LGBT older adults in 2015, the agency said, “a 300 percent increase since completing the strategic plan.”

For more on this story, see the Thursday, March 31 edition of the Bay Area Reporter

— Seth Hemmelgarn, March 30, 2016 @ 12:17 pm PST
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