Diane L. Bedrosian, executive director of South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) the past 29 years, is stepping down from the position in June. She has been affiliated for 32 years with the agency that provides support services to victims of domestic violence.
“My life has been enriched by so many great people over the past 30 years,” she said. “I am so proud of all we have accomplished together. It is time for someone else to take the agency to the next level.”
Bedrosian started as a volunteer with the Court Watch Program through the League of Women Voters. She then took a staff position as court advocate, and quickly advanced to court advocacy program coordinator. In 1987, she was hired as executive director.
“When I became executive director, we had six paid staff members and we all played many roles and wore different hats,” Bedrosian recalled. Today South Suburban Family Shelter has more than 60 staff members and continues to expand and diversify its programs.
“Diane has contributed immeasurably to SSFS and we sincerely thank her for her leadership and tireless efforts toward building the organization it is today,” said SSFS Board of Directors President Verlon Johnson.
SSFS offers 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, court advocacy, medical advocacy, prevention programs, counseling for adult victims and their children, “Safe from the Start” program and a partner abuse intervention program. All victim services are provided free of charge and all are available in English and Spanish.