Worcester Youth Director To Leave Post

Worcester

BERLIN — The local community will bid farewell to one of its charitable leaders later this year when Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services (WYFCS) Executive Director Teresa Fields leaves the shore.
“I’m going to miss everybody here. They’re like my second family,” said Fields, who is re-locating with her husband, Fred, to Washington D.C. “It’s going to be bittersweet.”
Captaining WYFCS for nearly 15 years, Fields has had a hand in all of the programs the agency has come to be known and respected for on the lower shore. That’s why she found it difficult to choose any of her favorites, though she admitted that youth-centric efforts are special to her.
“They all equally resonate with me. Obviously, all of our youth programs are near and dear to my heart because I feel like youth are really the future and as many youth as we can help the better our community in the future,” she said. “But I love all of the programs equally.”
Though not from the Eastern Shore originally, Fields fell in love with the area over the past few decades.
“I grew up in the city and moved down here in the 80’s. And from where I grew up to here, just the people here are very caring,” she said. “Whenever there’s a need in the community, people step in and help anyway they can, regardless of their economic status. We’ve had people help out with volunteering, we’ve had people help out with donating their money, we’ve had people who lend their talents to the organization, their expertise. It’s something that I will keep with me forever.”
Fields is not sure when her last day with WYFCS will be but did confirm that it will be this fall, most likely by the end of November. The organization has already begun the process of assembling a search committee to vet potential candidates for the new executive director.
At this week’s Berlin Mayor and Council meeting, Fields had the opportunity to say good-bye to the town that her agency has partnered so closely with in recent years. On behalf of the council, Mayor Gee Williams thanked Fields and wished her happiness and luck after she leaves the shore.
“We’re obviously going to miss you, but I think it’s nice to know that you’ve invested your life in something that will go on for a long, long time,” said Williams.
Fields assured the council that she is leaving WYFCS in capable hands and that she is excited to be going on to the next phase of her life.

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