I have something to tell you. This something is exciting for me, but means new things. It means the unknown. And, honestly, it both excites me and scares me.

I got a new job. I am now the Executive Director of Luvability Ministries, Inc. This is a group that I really admire and I feel privileged to be part of their work. And, honestly, I mean that. Luvability seeks to provide meaningful instances of community for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The work of Luvability revolves around utilizing Christianity to provide these moments. It’s important to us that those with developmental and intellectual disabilities have the same opportunities that all people have for meaningful interaction, relationship, and community.

Now, the obvious question in my decision to become Executive Director of Luvability is what happens to Here/Hear. And, well, nothing. The reality is that after a year and a half of work, Here Hear still cannot afford to pay any staff. We believe we are doing great work, but we need more time to grow. I will stay on to help facilitate that growth. And, nothing that Luvability does will interfere with Here/Hear and vice versa. The fact is that I can still do the same work for Here/Hear that I was doing before. And, I am still passionate about giving hope to those who struggle with mental illness. I am still an advocate.

But, I am now an advocate that also has another job. And, after a week, I really enjoy that job. It feels good and right. These are things that are utterly important to me as someone with bipolar. I do not disrupt the rhythm and flow of my life lightly. So, for me to take on Luvability means that I believe in what they are doing and where they are going.

There’s a few things that might get left behind. But, Here/Hear is going to continue and is going to great things in the future. And, I believe Luvability will as well.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at nate@herehear.org. We always try to be as transparent as possible.