Nashville, TN, (2019): Debbie Robinson, the Executive Director of Miriam’s Promise for 31 years, is retired on June 30. She has provided unparalleled servant leadership and heart for pregnancy, parenting, and adoption services throughout Middle Tennessee during her tenure.
Most recently she was awarded the J. Allison Social Holiness Award at the Tennessee Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. A celebration of her commitment to local families is Sunday, August 11 from 2:00 until 4:00 at Scarritt Bennett Center in midtown Nashville at 1008 19th Avenue South, 37212. All are invited to attend and extend best wishes.
“It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of this ministry for so many years and to walk with so many clients on crucial life journeys. I love the mission and heart of Miriam’s Promise and will continue to be work in a new, part-time role enhancing church relationships,” says Robinson. She is continuing her work with churches located throughout Middle Tennessee through the end of the calendar year on behalf of Miriam’s Promise.
Her departure opens great opportunity for those carrying on the mission. J. Dietz Osborne will step into the role of President/CEO on July 1. He has worked in administration and development for Miriam’s Promise for eight years and volunteered for ten years prior. As President/CEO he will work in tandem with two key counselors on staff, Kim Warner-Hudy, LCSW, as Director of Program Services, and Charlsey Gibson, Director of Program Development. Both have been counselors with Miriam’s Promise and were promoted into these strategic roles earlier this year.
While Robinson’s strategic vision, leadership, and heart will be missed, the qualified staff look forward to carrying out her legacy of the ministry she so gracefully led. Debbie began with the organization as a counselor in 1985, later worked for Catholic Charities of Tennessee, then was re-hired as Director of Miriam’s Promise in 1991. Later the young nonprofit transitioned into its current 501c3 nonprofit status with a new name, Miriam’s Promise.
Over the years her work with Miriam’s Promise staff and volunteers has resulted in hearts opening, family trees changing, modernizing adoption laws, and broadening the scope of counseling services to serve the entire lifecycle of adoption. Robinson says, “I will always be a strong supporter of the agency and the mission.”
The staff hopes to raise $31,000 in honor of her 31 years of service. Online donations are made at MiriamsPromise.org.
For more information or to RSVP to the celebration, contact Miriam’s Promise at 615-292-3500, info@MiriamsPromise.org, or visit MiriamsPromise.org. Those unable to participate are encouraged to donate at MiriamsPromise.org in Debbie’s honor.