Welcome Letter

A Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends, Amig@s, and Fellow Southwesterners,

The Empowerment Center is to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS and other diseases that may be sexually transmitted in West Texas and Southern New Mexico.  The Empowerment Center was established in 1997 and has helped hundreds of individuals living with HIV.  It is, and has been, a leader within our community in assisting, educating, housing, providing food, counseling, testing, and developing employment for our friends infected and our families and friends affected by HIV and AIDS.  As the new Executive Director of The Empowerment Center, I hope to continue this mission, its traditions and begin to create and embrace new ones, too.

Healing is a process of regaining health.  Our collaboration with the community, different social service agencies, shelters, clinics, other non-profit organizations, institutions, educators, advocates, and referral partners has been wounded.  Feelings have been hurt and now is a time for healing.  One of my goals as the new Executive Director for The Empowerment Center is to allow for the healing process to begin.  We will do that by listening to one another, mending our wounds gradually over time, and communicating effectively with one another.  We will allow ourselves to grow sound, begin restoring former relationships and create new ones that will assist us to continue our mission and serve our community and the greater good.

My background is finance and analysis, corporate management and sales operations, working with non-profit organizations and communications.  I enjoy meeting new people and reuniting with old friends.  I recently moved here from Atlanta.  I lived in Atlanta for three years.  Prior to Atlanta, I lived here in El Paso and Cd. Juarez for 20 years.  I am bi-lingual and speak Spanish, too.  Si usted le gustaría venir a mi oficina para una visita, no dude en pasar por allí. I believe in an open door policy and you’re welcome to stop by at any time.

So let’s move forward amig@s.  We have LOTS of work to do, lots of acquaintances to make and relationships to heal and rebuild. We have lots of new friends and faces to see, new friendships to make, and I’m eager to meet you and get to know you.


Jonathan Kennedy

Empowerment Center, Executive Director