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Connections of Cumberland County Announces Executive Director Change

FAYETTEVILLE, NC — The Board of Directors of Connections of Cumberland County (CCC) nannounces the resignation of Crystal Bennett, MPA, as Executive Director, effective July 10, 2020.  Bennett has been ED for five years and developed new programs and much growth.

In a letter to the CCC Board and Community Partners, Bennett stated, “This is a bittersweet departure as I love this nonprofit, the women and children it serves, and its mission so deeply.  But, my purpose has been achieved, and I must journey along the path where my calling is steering me.”

“Crystal has been a tremendous asset during her five years as our Executive Director.  She has worked extremely hard to move the organization forward, connect CCC collaboratively within the community, and strengthen our mission to empower clients to develop paths to reach self-sufficiency.   Crystal has led the organization with passion, grace and creativity and will be missed by all.  We wish her the very best in her new endeavor,” said Mary Flagg Haugh, Board President.

Also, the CCC Board is pleased to announce that Crystal G. DePietro, MSW will serve as a part-time Interim Executive Director.  Currently an Outpatient Therapist, DePietro had served as the Case Management Coordinator at CCC.  In addition to her Master of Social Work degree, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Associate and Certified Case Manager. 

Connections will be conducting a search for a new Executive Director.  Interested candidates should visit our website for further information,, or contact Mary Flagg Haugh, 910-850-5396.    

Founded in 2014, Connections of Cumberland County operates a Day Resource Center with comprehensive case management and computer access to support services for women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Our mission is to collaborate with all community resources to empower homeless women and children to become self-reliant.  CCC’s guiding principle is that every child needs a safe and nurturing environment in order to grow to be a responsible, self-reliant adult.

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