Over the past 7 years a lot has changed at the Digital Harbor Foundation, but one thing has been more consistent than any other fact — and that has been the steady presence of Shawn and Steph Grimes. With deep gratitude for all that they have contributed, I write to share their departure from the team.
I was recently looking back at a presentation made during our 5th Anniversary Showcase, and am reminded now of the impact Shawn and Steph have had on each piece of this reflection:
An email from Shawn last week let staff and a number of community members know, saying:
“It is with a heavy heart that we write this email. Over the last 7 years, Steph and I have poured our passion and soul into helping to shape DHF and bring its mission to life. In order to make room for new faces, new perspectives, and new ideas on how to best carry DHF’s work forward to new beginnings, it is time for the two of us to move on. We are very sad to be leaving but know that it will be mutually beneficial for the organization and us.”
On Friday, Shawn, Steph, and Ruby wrapped up transition items and said a lot of goodbyes.
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Today we said bye for now to the place that has been our bedrock for the last 7 years. It marks a new beginning and a moment that will change our entire family’s life going forward. We said a lot of tearful goodbyes and hugged a lot of people we’ve had the immense pleasure of working with at @dhfbaltimore – peers, colleagues, youth, family members, and parents. We aren’t sure what is in store for us next, but this place and the people in it have changed our lives for the better. We wouldn’t be the people we are without DHF. We are so grateful. #onwardandupward #everythinghappensforareason
While we don’t know exactly what the road will bring, we look forward to seeing how paths will cross and ways they may wind together again in the not-too-distant future. At this moment in time though, it is with deep gratitude that I want to express my appreciation for everything both of them have given to the youth, the space, and the organization. Their marks on each one of those will be deep and lasting.
– Andrew Coy