Transition News for Our Partners

Dear Partners,

With tremendous gratitude for all she has done for the Wilson Foundation, the board of directors announces that Megan Bell, Executive Director, has accepted a position with the Max and Marian Farash Foundation. September 19 will be her last day at the Wilson Foundation. We are immensely grateful to Megan for her leadership and wish her tremendous success in her new role.

The Board has selected Rachel Sherman as interim executive director of the Wilson Foundation, beginning September 4th. She brings extensive knowledge in family and foundation management that will provide leadership and oversight to the foundation. In addition to managing the day-to-day activities, she will assist the board in the executive search for a permanent director. Kate Antoniades, Office and Grants Manager, will continue in her role, ensuring the Foundation continues to operate smoothly during the transition.

We wish to thank our partners for your work, and patience, as the board of the Wilson Foundation manages this transition. Please know that we value transparency and communication and will regularly provide updates.

The Board of the Wilson Foundation

Who we Are

The vision of the Wilson Foundation is to act as a catalyst for change

The change in the nature, role and strength of the family and the community has alienated individuals and citizens from each other and their institutions resulting in a significant decline in the quality of life for all of us. Our mission is to improve the quality of life through initiating and supporting projects that measurably demonstrate a means of creating a sense of belonging within the family and the community.

Work with us

Let’s work together to reduce the impact of trauma and housing instability on youth and families in our community. We welcome applications that fall into any of our areas of strategic focus: Capacity Building, Collaboration, Prevention, or Advocacy. Together we can be a catalyst for change.

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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.