Kathleen Morgan, New Hope for Women’s executive director, was recently honored as a Champion of Change by the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, at its annual Blaine House Tea in Augusta.

Morgan, executive director since 1993, was celebrated for her years of leadership at the agency and for providing vision, resources, and the support staff necessary to make a difference in the Midcoast.

Her accomplishments include leadership in creating a dating abuse guide for teens in relationships, initiating outreach at Two Bridges Regional Jail for incarcerated women, offering legal representation and assistance for domestic violence victims, managing the Midcoast certified batterer intervention program, and prioritizing outreach to youth, elders and LGBTQ survivors.

Francine Garland Stark, executive director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, detailed Morgan’s long history of service in the state, beginning in 1983 at Spruce Run (now Partners for Peace), the domestic violence resource center in Bangor. Stark spoke of Morgan’s many contributions to the work to end domestic abuse and her passion for the political nature of the work of the coalition and for the importance of social change.

Morgan was one of five individuals and businesses honored as a 2018 Champion of Change. She will be retiring at the end of 2018 and looks forward to welcoming a new executive director to carry on the important work of the agency as it envisions an end to domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.