A Precious Gem

A legacy is like a precious gem.

My journey to becoming the new Executive Director for Fellowship House of South Camden started back in December 2016, which was also the first time I had ever heard of the organization.  I was in a spirit led quest towards new employment that would allow me to be of service in a leadership way to children and youth in my community while also expressing my Christian faith.

Despite having grown up only across the river in Philadelphia, and having worked there for over 20 years, I was pleasantly surprised to learn about this small organization doing such big work in Camden, NJ that was yet so hidden. What immediately came to my mind was the image of a precious gem forming in the atmosphere, so unassuming from afar yet so powerfully beautiful up close.

We all know that science informs us that through chemical compositions between molecules and other elements beautiful, rare gems are formed.  But we also know that the birth of these spectacular creations are birthed by God.

Similarly, legacy organizations are rare and valuable entities.  Although mankind attempts to believe that they have done everything to create and sustain the good works of these organizations, it is God who has essentially ordered the steps of man to create something so long lasting and precious.

Fellowship House is both a legacy and a gem, playing such a pivotal role for so many for over half a century.  People have come to know it as a safe haven, as a place of refuge, even as a church. Yes, Fellowship House is a precious gem in its own right, shining bright in the city of Camden.

In my role as Executive Director, I look forward to helping the light of Fellowship House shine even brighter.  I look forward to many children, young people and their families relying on Fellowship House when they have little else to rely on. I look forward to people from all walks of life engaging with each other through an outpouring of love that is pleasing to God.

In today’s world, the legacy that Fellowship House was built on is needed more than ever.  Fellowship House has to continue to be a key player in Camden rising!  With God at the center, I have faith that we will be able to continue the awesome work taking place on South Broadway.  I look forward to sustaining the gracious love and support we already receive by so many committed to families in Camden.  I also look forward to casting the net even wider to attract a broader base of support for the children and youth in this community.

I look forward to you joining me in this journey!

Richelle Todd-Yamoah
Executive Director

Taken from Fellowship House Focus | Summer 2017