The Columbiana Way Station Food Pantry Director, Carla Ciavarella Sukosd, officially retired this March. At The Way Station, Carla was the face of several compassionate ministries throughout her 19 years. She co-developed and conducted Side-By-Side training, managed the DeVine Thrift Store and the USA direct assistance program (now known at Pathways to Independence), represented The Way Station at public speaking events and info fairs, and coordinated the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas and School Supply Giveaways. The role Carla is most known for is her invaluable leadership as the Columbiana Food Pantry Director.
When asked for her final reflections on her time at The Way Station
Carla had this to say, “I didn’t expect people to change, my goal was to love people, to help people, and to show God’s love. I couldn’t do this work expecting people to be something, I just needed to do what I and The Way Station could to help them and love them. Sometimes that means making tough decisions but that’s love. For me my time at The Way Station was ministry, it wasn’t just a job. We all need God’s love and people need to be accepted where they are right now. Just help people no but included. People just needed to be accepted.”
Additionally, we’d like to announce our new Columbiana Food Pantry Manager, Ellen Stryffeler. Ms. Stryffeler is not new to The Way Station team as she has been the Outreach Coordinator and part-time Store Manager for 2 years now, joining the team in January of 2019. Ellen takes on this additional role with a background in food insecurity work as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Lunch Bunch Program and Healthy Oxford Hills. Ellen had this to say regarding her new role, “I look forward to getting to know our food clients better and being a resource to help them better meet their food-related needs.” Ellen will officially take over for Carla beginning this March. Please join us in welcoming Ellen to this new role and Carla into retirement.