October 2019 Ministry Column
A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven
From Ecclesiastes Chapter 3
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
I thought this passage from the bible was appropriate as I prepare to begin my last official month as a VOAGBR employee. As I reflect back over 34 years, I can’t help but think about the people I have encountered along the way. Some don’t work here any longer, some have passed on and others of you are my counterparts today. The blessing of knowing all of you past and present is one that I will never forget. My years here have been spent working and serving side by side with people who have changed and influenced my life in profound ways.
When I arrived here back in 1985, we looked very different than we look today as you can imagine! I have seen and been a part of the growth and change not only of the organization but personally. My journey took me from the accounting department to residential services at CLVS and then to the Human Resources department. I have been blessed with opportunities to grow and learn from all of you along the way.
In 2007, I completed my study to become a minister and felt my commitment to VOA grow stronger. We are a special organization blessed and made better by our commitment to Christian values and our fellows. I know that I came to VOA by God’s grace and am thankful for all of you and all my time spent here.
While my official last day will be October 31, I welcome hearing from any of you at any time. I will certainly miss our 16,000 member family and hope to stay connected to VOA long into the future. It is difficult to put words around my feelings upon leaving, but I have no difficulty knowing that I owe all of you a huge THANK YOU and virtual hug for walking along side me, for doing the work of caring for our most needy and for being shining examples of Christ with “skin on” for all. Carry on, good people!
Rosanne Acampora is the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer and has been with Volunteers of America since 1985 and a minister since 2007.