Bluffton Self Help executive director Alyson Barber is leaving her position as the head of the local nonprofit group.
Barber was promoted in July to run the organization that operates out of Sheridan Park and provides free food, clothing, home goods, services, and emergency financial assistance to locals in need.
Her family is relocating to Colorado “over the upcoming holiday break” to allow her husband to pursue a new job opportunity, according to a Bluffton Self Help news release.
Barber, a Florida native, was hired last year to serve as Bluffton Self Help’s development and marketing coordinator before she was elevated to the organization’s top position.
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She replaced Lili Coleman, who left after more than five years as executive director of the organization founder Ida Martin launched from her garage in 1987.
“I’m really proud of the fact that everyone has been able to pull together as a team after (Coleman) retired,” Barber said Wednesday. “That was a really significant event in this organization’s history.”
The Bluffton Self Help Board of Directors is in the process of preparing a search for Barber’s successor.
Board chairwoman Ashley Feaster said the group’s goal is “to make sure nothing changes for the clients during this transition — they come first.”
While it will be a challenge navigating the busy holiday season and searching for a new leader, “we are up to the task,” she said. “All the irons in the fire are still staying hot.”
Barber said she is confident that “the current staff and the board will come together to work as a team until they have found an executive director.”
And while Barber said she is excited for her family to “begin a new adventure out west,” she will dearly miss the Lowcountry.
“The generosity of the community never ceases to amaze me,” she said. “I am so proud to have represented an organization that brings together all the best parts of Bluffton.”