People’s Place executive director to retire this year

MILFORD — Del Failing, executive director of People’s Place, announced his retirement at the July Board of Directors meeting after nearly 26 years with the organization. Mr. Failing has served as the executive director since October 30, 2010 following the retirement of Mike Kersteter.

Del Failing is set to retire from his position as executive director of People's Place in Milford at the end of this year. The organization plans to have a replacement in place about a month before he leaves to aid in a smooth transition.

Del Failing is set to retire from his position as executive director of People’s Place in Milford at the end of this year. The organization plans to have a replacement in place about a month before he leaves to aid in a smooth transition.

He was hired at People’s Place in 1990, bringing eleven years of social services experience with him. His career with the agency began as -program director for a homeless shelter and then as a program director providing case management for the homeless. In 1997, he was selected as the associate director of the organization.

People’s Place has seen substantial growth during Mr. Failing’s tenure, especially in the provision and expansion of services for youth within the state, according to Communications and Donor Relations Manager Kim Rigby.

This growth includes opening second locations for the Residential to Alternative Detention Program and the Independent Living Program. He was also a very active participant in the acquisition of the Whatcoat Social Service Program in 2009.

“Del has done an excellent job managing the business of People’s Place as Executive Director for the past 6 years”, Harvey Marvel said, president of the People’s Place Board of Directors.

“He has led the organization to signifi cant levels of growth, while maintaining a balanced budget through tough economic times. He is a passionate ambassador for the mission of People’s Place and we appreciate his service as Executive Director and also his 26 year career with People’s Place. Del will be missed but his successor will have a strong foundation to work with because of his career with the agency.”

Mr. Failing will formally retire on December 31, 2016. The Board of Directors at People’s Place has launched a search for a new executive director and plans to find -successor by November to ensure -smooth transition.

“It is with mixed emotions that -have decided to leave the organization but I feel that this is the right time for me to retire. I am ready to slow down and move on to the next phase in my life. I look forward to spending the future traveling and spending time with family and friends,” Mr. Failling said.

“People’s Place will continue to be a great organization because of its loyal and dedicated employees who work tirelessly every day to help people have a better life. There is no greater mission than that. I feel privileged to have worked for the agency for 26 years and I am confident that People’s Place will continue to provide valuable resources and services to our community. We have only been able to accomplish what we have because of community support, the partnerships we have developed with organizations and businesses and the many donors that believe in our mission. I cannot emphasize enough how important this community has been to the agency’s longevity and success.”

Founded in 1972, People’s Place, a non-profit organization, provides a wide range of mental health and social services throughout Delaware. People’s Place is dedicated to becoming the agency of choice to help people find their path to growth and independence.

For more information about the organization and its programs offered to Delawareans please visit the website at www.peoplesplace2.com.

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