Director of Glenwood Springs’ Catholic Charities is moving on
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Tom Ziemann was reserved when he spoke about his resignation as the director of Catholic Charities in Glenwood Springs. “This isn’t without a little bit of mixed feelings,” Ziemann said. “I’ve feel that I’ve put a lot into (Catholic Charities), and it’s with a great sadness that I leave, but it’s just time.”
Ziemann has been the executive director of the local social service nonprofit since its debut in Glenwood Springs in 2000, so stepping down from his post was a difficult conclusion. But, it’s a conclusion that he feels very much comfortable with.”It’s been everything I thought it would be,” Ziemann said. “I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the community and do the work. It’s been all I thought it would be, and more.”His last day at Catholic Charities is scheduled for Aug. 15. He will begin his new position as a clinical social worker at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Grand Junction shortly thereafter.”He will leave some pretty big shoes to fill, that’s for sure,” said Catholic Charities Advisory Board President Kurt Papenfus.According to Papenfus, the advisory board hasn’t yet determined a replacement schedule but is working to find the appropriate candidate. Papenfus added that the advisory board is in the beginning phase of seeking a replacement, but it’s a job that needs a passionate person who sees the position as Ziemann did, not just a job.”(We) want to try and fill the position as soon as possible,” Papenfus said. “The thing about Tom is that he was such a go-getter and really did a lot more than the job required. We need to see who is available and who is really interested in doing the job.”
During his time with Catholic Charities, Ziemann said, he feels as if he’s accomplished what he set out to, more than eight years ago.”There are a lot of different things that we’ve done from scratch,” Ziemann said. “We’ve grown and become a pretty important piece of the overall social services offered in that time.”But his decision was more about moving forward and meeting a new challenge, and he feels that he’s done what he can for Catholic Charities.”I feel that the agency is in a good position right now, and it’s time for someone else with a new perspective to, as I like to say, ‘carry the ball from here,'” Ziemann said. “The other piece is, that it’s kind of an interesting time to be serving veterans. It’s going to be a very challenging job, but it’s also going to be kind of the same things I’ve done during my time in the Air Force.”Ziemann was referring to his 15-year career as an officer in the Air Force before early retirement in 2000 allowed him to take the director position at Catholic Charities. And he’s looking forward to working with veterans once again.
“It will be 100 percent different than my current position,” Ziemann said. “But (social work) is my whole field, so in some regards, it’s what I did in my Air Force career.”One of the biggest accomplishments Ziemann reflected on during his time at Catholic Charities was the move into their new facility at the old St. Stephen’s Church on Grand Avenue and 10th Street. The facility has housed Catholic Charities for two years, and is also a hub for social services in Glenwood Springs and Garfield County. Also housed in the building are the offices of the Salvation Army, LIFT-UP, Feed My Sheep Ministry and Congregation and Schools Empowered (CASE), making it a “one-stop service center,” Ziemann said.”I’d really like to thank all the people that supported what we do,” Ziemann said. “The volunteers, financial contributors, without their help none of this would have happened.”Contact John Gardner: email@example.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
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