First Step Shelter Approves Executive Director Contract & Sets Opening Date


Daytona Beach, FL - The contract is approved and Victoria Fahlberg is now officially the Executive Director at First Step Shelter. According to her resume, Fahlberg has great fundraising skills, which are sorely needed by the organization. The Board chose Fahlberg unanimously after narrowing down the field of 122 candidates, first to six semi-finalists and then to three finalists. First Step Shelter has had a city employee, Dr. L. Ronald Durham and temporary interim director Jane Bloom handling the Executive Director duties since June 30.

Some of the details of Fahlberg's contract are a $60,000 annual salary, a $1,000 monthly stipend in lieu of health insurance and $50 monthly for cell p0hone expenses. If you add in an estimated annual mileage reimbursement of $2,664, the annual compensation adds up to a bit over $75,000. Fahlberg is considered an at-will employee who can be terminated with or without cause and without notice. She can also resign with or without cause with a 30-day notice. Her contract calls for 24 vacation days per year.

Fahlberg is already working to learn all the details of the Shelter. Construction is expected to be substantially complete by mid-November. She said that she feels that the Shelter belongs to all of us and hopes that the community will come to the grand opening that is scheduled for December 11.

Fahlberg said the most immediate need is fundraising but there are also a lot of things to do to have the Shelter fully functioning by the grand opening, which is only two months away.

Also during Monday's meeting, a contract with Halifax Hospital Medical Center was finalized. The three-year contract will provide health support services for people staying at the Shelter.

The Safe Zone, which is still up-in-the-air as to where it will be located, was discussed at the meeting. A decision was made that Fahlberg will work with a Daytona Beach Police officer and Catholic Charities of Central Florida to come up with two safe zone design alternatives. At this time, there is no revenue in the budget to pay for safe zone construction or staffing.



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