Friendship Centers of Emmet County welcomes Denneen Smith

IMG 2804Dear Friends,

I am honored, humbled and excited
to serve as the new Executive Director for Friendship Centers of Emmet County (FCEC). My name is Denneen Smith and I have worked in our community for over 21 years providing services to youth, families, individuals and seniors. Much of my career has been dedicated to partnering with community organizations, government entities and private businesses for the greater good of individuals within Emmet County. I have a Master’s degree in Human Services and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. I reside in Alanson with my husband of 24 years, Frank, and our two sets of girl/boy twins; Makenna, Connor, Delaney and Ryder. We live on our family’s centennial farm where we have cattle, chickens, dogs and a gold fish!

Thanks to individuals, families and the community, Friendship Centers of Emmet County has demonstrated continuous growth since its humble beginnings as a drop in center in the 1960’s and I am excited about the opportunities that lay ahead! I look forward to working with those who attend the Centers (whom I will refer to as “Friends”), the FCEC staff and the Board of Directors to enhance programs that are effective and provide foresight to future endeavors. I am thankful to Sue Engel, former Executive Director, for eighteen years of dedication and commitment to FCEC and am thrilled that she will continue on staff as a part-time nurse. 

In the days ahead, I will be visiting each center and would be grateful to hear from “Friends” who are willing to share stories and experiences related to Friendship Centers of Emmet County. This information is important to me as I learn and grow in this position and begin to chart a course for the future. I will be connecting with my colleagues in the community to remind them of the FCEC mission: “…to ensure that all senior citizens have the opportunities, information, and services necessary to live healthy, safe, and active lives in dignity,” and to work toward further collaboration for the benefit of seniors.

I am excited to serve in this capacity and begin this journey together! With your assistance, we will continue on the road of stability and development, leaving a lasting legacy to Emmet County. 

Kind regards,
Denneen Smith, Executive Director
Friendship Centers of Emmet County 

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