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Habitat of Plainfield & Middlesex County Announces Resignation of CEO

Rev. Jeremy Montgomery departs Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County Credits: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Board of Trustees of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County announces Rev. Jeremy Montgomery’s departure as the President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 7, 2017.

“The last seven years as the executive at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County have been a time of great excitement, affiliate growth and personal fulfillment,” Montgomery wrote in a statement. “ I have treasured this time, immensely.  Every day, it had been my distinct honor to advance Habitat’s mission.”

Montgomery has accepted a position as the Chief Operating Officer of Habitat for Humanity of Broward County, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  He starts on August 1, 2017.

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The Board of Trustees, under Board Chairperson Gerry Leary, has formed a Board Search Committee and a transition team to guide the search for a replacement.  Interviews for the replacement have already begun.

 “Since 2010, Jeremy has played a critical role in the transformation and success of this Habitat affiliate,” states Leary in an official statement.  “And while we will miss him and his inspiring leadership, we wish him the best of luck in his new endeavor.”

“We cannot thank Jeremy enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation with which he has led Habitat of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County,” Leary writes. “We look forward to following his success and are optimistically excited for our affiliate’s next chapter, as we continue to advance Habitat’s mission in serving more families with quality and affordable homes.”

Leary mentions in the announcement: “Jeremy’s seven years of dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments, including: transitioning the affiliate from a 100% volunteer-led organization to a professional staff-driven operation; growing affiliate operating budget from $175,000 to $3.1-million this past fiscal year; exponentially growing our service area to include Middlesex County through a merger; advancing our house production to include multi-unit condominium developments; harnessing HUD grants to leverage community resources and funding; and, developing internal systems such as accounting and IT for a foundation of future growth and capacity.”

The job announcement is currently posted online, and the organization is conducting an active search to identify candidates who can move the Habitat affiliate forward and can lead along its successful trajectory.  Future plans include a 12-unit condominium project in Old Bridge, as well as opening its first ReStore in Woodbridge.

“Not only has it been a fulfillment of my personal calling, most importantly it has resulted in a stronger Habitat affiliate built for the future,” states Montgomery.  “Now, it is my ambition to build on these rich experiences while serving Broward County and leading its Habitat initiatives.”

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing. Homes are sold at no profit to those in need with a no-interest Habitat mortgage. Since 1989, Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex has built 47 homes, all built by volunteers and by using tax-deductible donations of money and materials.  This summer, Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex will begin work on its 44th home in the City of Plainfield.

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