CityServe of the Tri-Valley officials recently announced the hiring of Christine Beitsch-Bahmani as the local nonprofit's new CEO.
Beitsch-Bahmani is transitioning to the Tri-Valley after working for 12 years as the founding executive director for the Compassion Network in Fremont where she helped nurture collaboration among local churches of Fremont, Newark and Union City and the 27 social service agencies housed inside the Fremont Family Resource Center.
"We can all relate to suffering at some level. If one person suffers in our community, we all suffer. My dream is that we can minimize our differences and unite around mercy," Beitsch-Bahmani told the Weekly.
"It takes a whole community to be a part of meaningful solutions to systemic problems," she added. "In order to really help people up and out, we must remain aware of needs and stay close to the vulnerable. What excites me going forward is that we at CityServe have created a Mercy Space platform and invite everyone to participate in it with us."
Beitsch-Bahmani is succeeding Gloria Gregory who stepped down in the spring after serving as CityServe of the Tri-Valley's executive director since the organization's founding 10 years ago.
"Compassion in action is her motto," CityServe officials said of Beitsch-Bahmani in a statement announcing her hiring.
"She has traveled to 8% of the world, working with refugees in Burma, prostitutes in Amsterdam and prisoners in Argentina. She has taught English to monks in Thailand, built 53 homes for the poor in Mexico and cared for hundreds of orphans in Zimbabwe," they said, adding that she also earned a master's degree in leadership from William Jessup University in Rocklin in 2017.
CityServe is a local nonprofit with a vision of caring for those in crisis in the Tri-Valley, coordinating resources among the faith-based community, nonprofits, schools, businesses and government agencies, and connecting volunteers in the community to the nonprofits in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and San Ramon.
More than half of CityServe's current clients are homeless individuals or single mothers, with senior citizens, veterans, youth and disabled individuals making up the rest.