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After six years running Poverello House, CEO resigns to head another community group

The CEO of the Poverello House announced his resignation from the agency Thursday morning, according to a news release.

Cruz Avila has been at the helm of the nonprofit since 2013, and a search for his replacement is underway. Avila’s last day is July 31.

Avila said he is jumping in as a CEO for “another local, community-minded organization.” He did not name the organization, but said he expects to make an announcement in mid-August.

Reached by phone, Avila described his years at the Poverello House as “amazing, and said, “God has opened up another opportunity for me.”

Avila joined the Poverello House as an executive director in 2013. During his six years, the nonprofit raised funds to build a new warehouse and operations center, and improved housing at the agency.

Avila also helped launch an intake process that connects people with housing, substance abuse and mental health challenges to services.

The Poverello House was founded in 1973 and assists residents with homelessness, health, hunger and housing issues.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPanoo
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