Williamsburg Area Faith in Action Executive Director Rita Smith retires after 12 years of professional leadership and passion to help others

Williamsburg, Virginia, May 12, 2017: Williamsburg Area Faith In Action (WFIA) announces that its Executive Director, Rita Smith, will retire on June 30, 2017, after 12 years of dedicated service and that the agency's current Deputy Director will take over as Executive Director.

The board expresses its tremendous gratitude to Rita for her years of service, vision and leadership. "Rita has dedicated 12 years to WFIA's development, growth and progress. In doing so, she impacted countless seniors and caregivers in this community," says Charlie Martino, board president. He adds, "Rita's unwavering commitment has greatly enhanced the services available to seniors in the greater Williamsburg Area."

Rita was first introduced to Williamsburg Faith in Action (WFIA) in 2004 as a volunteer, providing respite care and transportation services. She became an office volunteer in 2005 and was hired shortly thereafter as a part-time scheduler. Later that year she became the program coordinator. She took on the role of Executive Director in 2008 with a staff of one part-time employee. Over the years, under Rita's leadership, the organization has grown with: services, staff, volunteers, donors and as a well respected and much needed service for the community. All attributed to Rita's natural leadership and passion to help others.

Rita attributes achieving success in her role over the years because of all the great people she has worked with to help improve the quality of life for seniors in our community. Rita shares the one thing she will miss the most is "Meeting the great people in this community who give so much of their time and resources to help seniors. I never cease to be amazed at their generosity and compassion." After taking some time off, Rita plans to pick up where she began, as a volunteer, and continue to follow her passion to help seniors.

"Rita has represented this organization with unconditional love and commitment to the success of WFIA's mission to help seniors and adults with a chronic illness or physical disability remain independent in their own homes", says board chairman Charlie Martino. He adds, "We will miss Rita's camaraderie and inspiration".

Williamsburg Faith in Action (WFIA) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization in the 15th year of operation. WFIA was formed in 2002 with the mission to help seniors remain independent in their own homes. WFIA provides assistance with everyday tasks of life to seniors 60 and older, and chronically ill and disabled adults living in Williamsburg, James City County and the Bruton District of York County. Services include, but are not limited to: transportation, respite care, visiting, well check calls, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, and yard work.

Follow Rita's example to help others. If you, a friend, or neighbor would like to volunteer or make a donation, please visit www.wfia.org or contact the WFIA office at 757-258-5890.

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