WELCOME, VA CUN!
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Va Cun will be assuming the role of Executive Director, United Caring Services effective February 8, 2023.
Va’s career spans academia, higher education administration, and the nonprofit sector. Unifying themes of her professional work are equity and social justice. Moreover, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from her roles working with first-generation, low-income university students at the University of Southern Indiana to founding a micro nonprofit, Southwest Indiana Yoga Project, advocating for holistic health in underserved communities. She joins United Caring Services (UCS) from her most recent position as Director of Development with United Methodist Youth Home, where she led both internal and external communications as well as oversaw all fundraising related strategies and activities. Her passion, energy, and commitment to our community uniquely position her to lead the expanding work of UCS.
The mission of United Caring Services is “to provide values-based, low barrier, sustainable, and high-quality homeless shelters, services and solutions”. As homelessness becomes an increasingly visible issue in southwest Indiana, we are excited that Va will work along side community partners to provide shelters, services, and solutions to unhoused individuals. “United Caring Services is a transformative agency both for those who are served and for our community. I am honored to lead and serve so that together, we may realize the vision of ‘a collaborative community of caring,’” said incoming Executive Director Va Cun.
United Caring Services began as a day shelter and has grown to include both men’s and women’s night shelters, a medical respite program, white flag services and transitional apartments. A Diversion Center will open this year. “Each of our executive directors has helped this growth. We are enthused by Ms. Cun’s competence and commitment as we continue to expand, offering more services and bringing to reality additional projects that will help solve homelessness in our community,” stated Stephanie Weiner, Chair of the UCS Board of Directors.
Va holds a Master of Arts in socio-cultural Anthropology from the University of California-Berkley and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and French from Indiana University. She is also an advisory board member with the Vanderburgh Community Foundation and a community volunteer at Crossroads Christian Church.
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