November, 2010Betty R. Brown, executive director of Senior Citizens Services of North Texas (SCSNT) announced she will retire from the organization in spring 2011, after more than 21 years in the position.
Brown, who has been a vocal advocate for senior services and nutrition for the home-bound, said she has decided to retire to spend more time with her mother, travel and experience new adventures.
“It’s been a wonderful job, working with outstanding people,” Brown said. “The dedication of our team at SCSNT is like no other, we really care about the people we serve. Caring is an important ingredient in what we do.”
Moving into the computer age, increasing the number of clients and opening a new Red Door Senior Center location at 1000 Burnett are just a few of the accomplishments achieved since the beginning of Brown’s tenure in 1989.
“When I joined SCSNT we completed our route sheets for Meals On Wheels by hand, along with our other reports. Now, everything is computerized and that has made a huge difference in how quickly we can respond to the needs of clients,” Brown stated, “I am proud of our work with all clients and our addition of preparing and packaging thousands of meals for area children through our Kid’s Café partnership.”
Though the numbers of clients and meals produced has increased, going from 137,099 in 1989 to 287,405 in 2010, the number of team members has not. Except for the addition of two to three kitchen team members and a dedicated development/marketing position, SCSNT operates with the same number of people handling the senior centers and Meals On Wheels. This is a fact Brown attributes to the caring of the SCSNT team.
Brown’s retirement will be a big change for the organization according to Bob Balch, president of the board of directors.
“Though we hate to see Betty retire because of all of the things she has accomplished with SCSNT over the years, I know she is excited about her decision. We all are preparing to step into the future with new ideas to take SCSNT to the next level of service for our clients and volunteers,” Balch said.
Brown will remain with the organization through spring 2011. A successful transition to a new Executive Director is the goal of all involved, according to Brown and Balch.
Senior Citizens Services (SCSNT) of North Texas operates two senior centers in Wichita Falls Texas; The Red Door located at 1000 Burnett and The Green Door located at 1100 Smith. Offering Meals on Wheels and meal service at each center, along with meals for Kid’s Café, SCSNT served more than 287,000 meals in 2010. For more information about SCSNT phone Kayla Watts at 940-322-6232, 817-800-2144 or go to www.scsnt.org. SCSNT is a 501(c)(3) certified by all pertinent local, state and federal regulating organizations.