The nearly 20-year-old McDonough nonprofit A Friend’s House, a home for children in crisis, recently selected Tara Hall as its new executive director.
According to a news release, Hall fills the vacancy created by the departure of Gary Wright, who was the executive director for over three years.
Wright, now the administrator of the Palmetto campus of Georgia Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries, congratulated her in a Facebook post.
“She has a lot of great people to work with,” he said.
The release stated Hall joins the nonprofit after more than eight years as an executive with agencies providing emergency shelter and services to at-risk women, children and families.
They include Christian Services for Children in Selma, Alabama, the Refugee Women’s Network in Chamblee and Forsyth County Family Haven in Cumming.
Hall’s responsibilities included expanding the agencies’ community outreach, increasing donor support and managing facility operations, the release stated.
“My entire professional career has never been about a ‘job,’ but comes from having a servant’s heart,” she said in a statement. “I believe my purpose on Earth is to inspire and help those suffering from all forms of trauma and hopelessness to heal and grow through life’s experiences.”
Hall said she is grateful for the opportunity to continue her service at the McDonough nonprofit.
Nonprofit board chair Bunny Abraham praised Hall’s experience.
“Finding an executive director for A Friend’s House is no easy task,” Abraham said in a statement. “All those qualities you look for in the for-profit world—leadership, financial acumen, marketing and people skills—are important.”
She said other assets were also vital in finding someone to guide the nonprofit’s mission of helping abused and neglected youngsters.
“When you add the fragility of children in crisis into the equation, you need to find a really special, compassionate, understanding individual who can relate to where these kids come from and have a vision for where and how they need to be directed to become balanced, productive citizens in the future,” Abraham said. “I am so thankful we found those qualities and more in Tara Hall.”
Abraham also noted Hall’s enthusiasm.
“The first time I met Tara, I felt like this was a woman I’d like to have for a friend,” she said. “She is happy, intelligent and well-spoken with confidence that speaks of a strong, loyal woman who would be the true friend you seek.”
Hall’s credentials include a bachelor of science degree in psychology and counseling from Atlanta Christian College, now Point University, certification in domestic violence advocacy and nonprofit management certificates from the Atlanta-based Georgia Center for Nonprofits, the release stated.
The nonprofit, which opened Oct. 27, 1998, according to its website, has met the emotional and physical needs of over 2,000 children in Henry County and surrounding communities, the release stated.
It operates as a home for children in Department of Family and Children Services custody, the website stated.
Residents stay for an unspecified length of time while a best course of action is determined based on a child’s assessment needs.
Information: 678-432-1630 or www.afriendshouse.org