While there are many helping hands serving clients and running the programs of YWCA Northeast Indiana, there is someone important behind the scenes. That someone is Denny Nusbaum.
Denny serves as the Facilities Manager for the YWCA and is the sole man keeping the different buildings in order. His day-to-day responsibilities include managing all YWCA facilities, ordering cleaning supplies, resolving maintenance issues and maintaining the buildings’ security. He has also mastered the art of “all other duties as assigned.”
Some people would see no connection between Denny’s role and YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Denny, however, says the mission is what motivates him to do his work. After more than 30 years of factory work, Denny saw the open position for the Facilities Manager at YWCA. Approaching retirement, Denny realized he needed more than a job that merely pushed profit; he wanted to do something that mattered. “At the end of the day, you’re doing something that needs to be done and you’re helping people in whatever situation they may be in,” Denny says.
Denny’s favorite part of his job is seeing the transformations individuals go through once they leave YWCA. “Once someone is ready to move out and be on their own again, you see tears in their eyes and it takes everything for you not to cry, too.” He says a hug from a child or a simple thank you from a client is why he started doing what he does. “It’s never too late to make a difference.”
Denny is one of YWCA Northeast Indiana’s 125 Good Men. Do you know a good man like Denny? Consider recognizing him today – click here to learn more.