The Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation announces hire of new Program Director

Rochester, NY—The Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation, Inc. announces the hire of Junior Dillion as the Foundation’s new Program Director, effective April 13, 2020.

Mr. Dillion, a licensed mental health clinician, brings to the Wilson Foundation a broad base of knowledge and experience in program management gained over nearly a decade working with numerous Rochester institutions, including UR Medicine, CCSI, and Baden Street Settlement. Mr. Dillion holds a BA with honors from the United Kingdom’s Birmingham City University as well as an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Medaille College. Currently, Mr. Dillion is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at the University of Rochester, where his research focus is on educational equity, and he teaches Minority Youth Development in Urban Contexts and Research Methods. His most recent position was as a project director at Monroe Community College.

The Wilson Foundation recently created this position to enhance its ability to work in its mission area. And as the pandemic developed, the leadership of the Wilson Foundation became even more committed to this direction. Rachel Sherman, Vice President of Operations, stated that “this hire could not come at a more critical time, as those already experiencing trauma and housing instability will suffer the crisis disproportionately. Junior brings the skills and knowledge necessary to help us think through an effective response.”

The leadership of the Foundation was impressed with Mr. Dillion’s approach to community engagement. Board Co-Chair Scott Wilson noted that “during the interview process, he emphasized the importance of listening and learning to really understand the needs. Junior has assumed this posture throughout his career, enabling so much of his success.” Jessa McIntosh, also a co-chair of the board, added that “Junior’s reputation is one of a collaborator and effective influencer, building relationships from street corner to board room.” Mimi Tabah, Vice Chair of the Foundation, echoed the hiring committee’s enthusiasm: “We are excited that Junior will carry the Wilson Foundation flag to forge partnerships with those helping to address the problems faced by the Rochester community both today and in the years to come.”

Founded by Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson, the vision of the Foundation is to act as a catalyst for change. Our mission is to reduce the impact of trauma and housing instability on the youth and families in the Rochester area. The Foundation is now led by the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of the founders.

Rachel Sherman
Wilson Foundation
April 2, 2020

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The SHIFT study examined long-term outcomes of families in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Albany residing in three types of housing programs: emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. It identifies trauma as pervasive among homeless mothers and is a predictor of unemployment, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and long-term residential instability. Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the United States, approaching 40% of the total homeless population. View the Full Study from The National Center on Family Homelessness.