A new leader is in place at The Family Shelter Inc. in Columbia, South Carolina.
Natascha Gochett, who is the development director for Transitions Homeless Center, will take on the duties of CEO and director of philanthropy for The Family Shelter Inc. effective May 26.
With more than 10 years of non-profit leadership experience, Gochett has worked in executive and development positions. She will be tasked in her new role with the Family Shelter with putting the organization’s strategic plan in motion.
“It is an honor to be chosen to lead this organization that has such strong roots in the community and a history of demonstrated success,” Gochett said. “While very rewarding, this position will also be deeply challenging. The fight against homelessness in not a sprint — it’s a marathon that requires patience and determination. Our obligation to the families we serve is to provide the tools and resources necessary to help them achieve success in overcoming homelessness. This task cannot be achieved by one, but requires the help and support of the entire community. My vision is for every child in the Midlands to have a place to call home.”
Established in 1979, The Family Shelter provides emergency lodging for homeless children and their parents. Clients of the shelter also have access to life skills-building resources and other assistance as they work toward regaining independence and secure, permanent housing.
“The Family Shelter’s board of directors has unanimously selected Natascha Gochett to lead our organization,” Joy Goodwin, president of The Family Shelter, said. “As the selter celebrates 37 years of helping homeless families regain independence, we need a leader who will help us advance in our efforts to find stable and permanent housing for families in crisis. Natascha has a commitment to The Family Shelter’s mission and the capacity to guide this organization into the future. The board of directors has great confidence that Natascha will develop meaningful relationships with our stakeholders and members of the community to build a network of support, volunteerism, and philanthropy."