On Friday, September 23, Neighborhood Partnerships held an open house to welcome partners to our new offices at 310 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 715. Thank you to those of you who stopped by to see the new office space and say hello! For those of you unable to join us, our door is always open.
We also celebrated one of our staff members, Michael Fuss. Michael has been at Neighborhood Partnerships, (then Neighborhood Partnership Fund) since January 2000, and is retiring in October. As our Financial Director, Michael has led NP’s finance department, and as such oversees a multitude of programs, contracts, grants and other funds. Michael has been a CPA for over 35 years. His experience includes public accounting, private industry for-profit businesses, and non-profit organizations. Neighborhood Partnerships has appreciated his watchful eye on the bottom line and is grateful for the comfort that his expertise and diligence affords us all. Michael’s oft repeated phrase in the office was “How many months of operating reserves do we have now?”
Now moving on to retired, but not quiet life, Michael and his wife are moving to a farm in Washington State. Having already acquired several chickens and a tractor, NP staff are wondering how quickly they will acquire bees, goats, cows and other farm accessories. We will miss Michael’s cheerful presence and good natured teasing in the office, as well as his raised eyebrows at our spreadsheets and proposed budgets. We wish him well in his new life as a “retiree”.