My wife, Pamela, and I are writing this as long-time friends and supporters of Helpline. I was a former board chairman and Pamela was agency director.
We want to affirm the current executive director, Dan Wilms, and board chairwoman, Sharon Longmire, for their responsible actions to quickly address a serious breach of protocol by a staff member and for their continuing commitment to Helpline's vital role in our community.
Helpline remains a dedicated corps of compassionate professionals and volunteers who care for those most in need of the emergency social services it directly provides and networks with other agencies to provide.
The positive steps already taken by Helpline's effective board leaders and staff give us confidence that, in the face of this present challenge, the organization will continue to serve the Walla Walla Valley with the high level of integrity that has characterized its work throughout its long and honorable history.
Helpline continues to be deserving of our community's appreciation and strong support.