Friday, November 20, 2009

a last minute reprieve

just a quick post.  I believe a miracle might have happened this afternoong.  Originally we had an all staff meeting scheduled for after the last family left the Harvest Feast at our agency.  Following the all-staff meeting we were each to be called individually to hear our fate (laid off, position change, ???).  Hearts were heavy this morning.   While our clients were enjoying their meal I ran upstairs and noticed that someone had posted that the afternoon meeting had been changed.  We were to meet in between Harvest Feast groups instead of after.  We were all nervous.   We sat in the conference room in near silence, all of the staff, waiting waiting waiting for the directors to come.  A page came through saying that the meeting would start in 15 minutes, a collective groan came through the room ... WHYYYY are they making us wait.

we looked up as our director came in with a huge winnie the pooh balloon and a smaller congratulations balloon.  huh?

Barb (the director) was crying.  "I have good news (sob) A miracle happened today"

you see our directors testified this morning/afternoon in front of the Hennepin County Board of Commisioners.  Giving passionate pleas for help.  Talking about the unethical RFP that was released.  While Brad (parent program director) was speaking he noticed the CFO of Hennepin county pointing toward the door.  Brad said during his speech that he and Barb were leaving the Board meeting to go lay off employees. 

The CFO stopped Brad and Barb in the hall and said "please don't lay anyone off".  The CFO of our LARGE county said that he was working on a proposal and he was fairly certain it would be passed on Tuesday.  He said that he is working on getting our program funded at 90% of it's current funding for at least 6 months.  He agreed that what was happening was unethical.

So we didn't have our individual meetings.  I hope we don't need to have them.

a CFO with a heart?  I think so!

9 comments:

Robbin Hopkins said...

So so happy!!!!

Shannon- said...

WOW!!! Chills. Congratulations. Miraculous indeed!

Jess said...

wow! great news Stacy!

Jebena said...

I had been thinking 'bout you this morning---so good to hear!!!!

Leslie said...

That is amazing, Stacy! I am so so happy for you all and pray that the good news continues.

Mama Papaya said...

Wow! Wonderfully wow. Enjoy your weekend.

cathy said...

stories like this revive my faith in humanity. i cannot tell you how relieved i am--not just for you but for all the families you serve.

Mandy said...

Wow! Talk about unbelievable timing!! The work you guys do is so important, and apparently, Someone else thinks so too... :) Prayer really does work!

community college said...

Lots of enjoyment !

Very Very Happy !