CHUM hires new executive director

John Cole John Cole |  Photo: CHUM

Updated: April 07, 2021 06:42 PM
Created: April 07, 2021 06:35 PM

One of the main outreach organizations for the Twin Ports homeless population has hired a new executive director. 

John Cole will head up CHUM starting June 1. He comes to Duluth from Align Minneapolis, a nonprofit that works with people experiencing homelessness there. 

A press release said that Align has a similar structure to CHUM. It is also comprised of a variety of congregations.

He was born in the Caribbean and came to Minnesota in 2011. He founded Friends Hotline of Antigua and Barbuda, a nongovernment organization that supports youth in crisis. 

"I have a great appreciation for the human spirit," Cole said in the release. "I'm passionate about serving and have a calling to serve." 

Rev. Robyn Weaver, the pastor at Glen Avon Presbyterian in Duluth called Cole a "transformative leader." 

Lee Stuart is retiring from CHUM after eight years as executive director. 

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