Edie Morgan. Photo: KP News

Key Peninsula Family Resources Center Program Manager Edie Morgan announced her resignation in September, effective Oct. 1.

Morgan, who has been with the center for more than seven years, including three as program manager, said this is a good time to leave because the center has overcome some challenges in the past year, and she felt she needed a change.

Morgan planned to leave last year, but reconsidered in order to help the organization through challenges with funding. Now, the Family Center is in good shape, she said, and it’s a good time for her to finish her work so someone with fresh energy and professional skills could step in to move the program forward.

“I’m taking some time to spend in reflection,” she said. “I hope to serve the community in the future, in some capacity which uses what I’ve learned over my career as a social worker, and my experiences with people of all ages and backgrounds.”

Morgan began her involvement with the program as a volunteer. She was asked to help set up a second site for the summer program, and the next year she became an employee.

Children’s Home Society/Key Peninsula Family Resources Center has five part-time and full-time staff in addition to the program manager and a public health nurse. In addition to the summer program at the Civic Center and Evergreen Elementary, it organizes a Little Buddies program using teen mentors for younger children, an indoor park for preschool children, and a holiday program serving several hundred children and families. The center offers a variety of other resources and support programs for families with children.

“It has been an honor to serve the community in this role,” Morgan said. “I fully appreciate the support the community has given the staff and myself at the center.”

Morgan said her best memories are of working with the children and the teens.

“I’ve seen kids grow up. I’ve seen Little Buddies grow into Big Buddies,” she said. “It’s been precious to me to be part of so many lives.”

Morgan is leaving her options for the future wide open, and will follow “whatever seems to call me strongly after my time of rest and reflection.” In the meantime, she continues her community involvement, as an organizer of Civic Center’s fall fund-raiser, Oktoberfest, the chair of the pastoral search committee at the Longbranch Community Church, and other commitments.