The Rescue Mission of Utica has named a brand new Executive Director following the retirement of Jim Haid.

Haid, who oversaw the organization for the last four years, informed the board in late 2018 that he would be retiring and thus the search began.

Finally, board President Paul Davidson of The Rescue Mission of Utica has announced that Wendy Goetz will be the new head of The Mission. Goetz has over 20 years of management experience.

Davidson says, "Jim Haid had a remarkable impact on the Rescue Mission, our programs, and the way we deliver services to the most vulnerable in our community."

Haid oversaw the implementation of several programs including the Skills for Success Job Training Program, Small Houses program and the construction of the West Street Apartments.

Davdison went on to say, "As we approach the 130th anniversary of the Rescue Mission, we are pleased to have Wendy Goetz lead our organization. Wendy’s expertise, strong faith, and the vision she has for the Mission, are what is needed as we look to 2020 and beyond.”

The Rescue Mission of Utica was founded in 1890 and is a faith-based nonprofit, multiple-service, charitable organization. They serve people in Utica and the Mohawk Valley 24/7 and 365 days a year.