ENGLEWOOD — Victoria ‘Vicki’ Rice resigned from the position of executive director of Englewood Helping Hand Tuesday after serving in that job for more than five years.
‘It’s been a difficult decision,’ Rice said. ‘I really loved my work at Helping Hand. I will miss my commitment I have made to help the needy in this community, but I will help in other ways.’
Helping Hand provides services for the needy such as rent, utility payments and food.
Sue Kekel, who attends Englewood United Methodist Church where Rice also attends, said, ‘She’s a dynamic person who’s done a tremendous amount for the community. She’s going to be sorely missed. Englewood Helping Hand has lost an amazing advocate.’
Jenny Anderson, president of Englewood Helping Hand, said Rice was a great asset, and she liked working with Rice.
Rice’s job was a salaried position.
‘We really took our pride in giving a client a hand up, not a handout,’ Rice said. ‘We really used a lot of verification to make sure there was a crisis, and to make sure there was a need.’
Rice said her reason for resigning stems from the lack of communication between her and the Helping Hand board. As a result, she felt she needed to step down.
‘I’ve always been committed to my family,’ Rice said. ‘My God, my family and Helping Hand. Now I will be able to take care of my family and be more committed to my choices and what I will be doing with my commitment to the Lord.’
Englewood Helping Hand is located at 700 E. Dearborn St., on the grounds of Englewood United Methodist Church. For more information, call 941-474-5864.