Former executive director returns to Aurora's Hesed House

Hesed House, the second largest comprehensive homeless shelter in Illinois, has a new leader.  

Aurora's Hesed House, the second largest comprehensive homeless shelter in Illinois, said recently that former Executive Director Ryan Dowd will be returning to that post Monday.

"We believe he (Dowd) is the right leader who possesses the vision and experience to guide us as we move forward with the goal of becoming one of the premier anti-poverty organizations fighting to end homelessness in the Fox River Valley," Hesed House Chairman John Ball said.

Dowd served as Hesed House's executive director for nine years, leaving in 2013 to found the Center for Faith and Human Rights, based in Washington, D.C. Dowd began working at Hesed House began when he was 13, serving as a volunteer.

"This is a really difficult time for nonprofits serving vulnerable families in our state, but I feel blessed beyond measure to be rejoining a community that cares so much about every member," Dowd said.

Associate Director Neil McMenamin has been serving as interim executive director following the recent resignation of Executive Director Michael Cobb.  

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