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Martha’s Village & Kitchen Announces Retirement of President and CEO Linda Barrack and Sam Hollenbeck as Her Successor

Martha’s Village and Kitchen announced that the nonprofit organization’s long-time President and CEO, Linda Barrack, is officially retiring today. Linda’s retirement will bring to a close a remarkable career of over 30 years of service to the impoverished and homeless.

Barrack’s career has spanned roles in human services and nonprofit management. She is a highly respected leader in the nonprofit sector and a tireless advocate for breaking the cycle of poverty and creating a community where all people have the opportunity to live their full potential.

Barrack joined Martha’s Village and Kitchen in 2015 and, after successive leadership roles in the organization, was appointed President and CEO in 2016. During her tenure with Martha’s Village and Kitchen, Barrack tripled the number of people served by the various programs offered by the agency. She also designed and implemented several signature programs that help create long-term self-sufficiency and economic stability for individuals and families, including a Homeless Recuperative Care Program and the Palm Springs Access Center. Under her leadership, the organization expanded to include offices in Mecca, Desert Hot Springs, and Palm Springs.

The leadership transition has been in process for the past year to ensure that the change is seamless and the organization maintains its momentum by providing comprehensive, wrap-around services for the community’s most vulnerable members. Executive Vice President Sam Hollenbeck will take over as President and CEO effective April 26, 2022. Barrack decided to leave this year because she believes the organization is strong and in excellent place to carry its scope of services forward, and she wants to spend more time with her family. She will remain involved with Martha’s Village and Kitchen as an Executive Consultant.

“It has been an honor to serve as CEO and President of Martha’s Village and Kitchen over what has been a period of transformation and growth. I want to offer my sincere thanks to our staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers whose hard work and dedication have allowed us to achieve so much,” said Linda Barrack. “I also want to thank our supporters, the community, and local leadership. I have worked with Sam Hollenbeck for several years in varying capacities, and I am confident he will be an excellent leader for Martha’s Village and Kitchen. I look forward to working closely together to ensure a smooth transition for the next several months.”

“I want to thank Linda Barrack for her distinguished leadership at Martha’s Village and Kitchen and the Board for its confidence in me as I step into this role,” said Sam Hollenbeck. “I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with our talented team and our supporters to advance Martha’s good works and growth strategy.”


About Martha’s Village & Kitchen

Martha’s Village & Kitchen is one of the largest providers of homeless and impoverished services in the Coachella Valley and Riverside County with over 8,000 people in need passing through its doors yearly. The organization began in 1990 when the founders served meals to their homeless neighbors, fast forward to 2021 Martha’s now has its main campus located in Indio, CA and three satellite offices throughout the Coachella Valley. Today, from its campus and satellite offices Martha’s Village offers unique life-changing programs based on the nationally-recognized “continuum of care model” breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Through these gateways to hope, people regain their lives becoming responsible, healthy, self-sufficient and productive citizens while passing on their newfound independence and life skills to their children and families. Changing one person’s life, changes generations of lives.

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