Wolfe Street Foundation Board of Directors announced today it has appointed Dr. Caroline Morgan Ford as incoming Executive Director. The appointment was made after a regional search and selection last fall when long-time ED, Markey Ford, stepped down. Wolfe Street Foundation operates Wolfe Street Center; a 12,350 square foot facility on S. Louisiana Street offering daily groups, programs and outreach services for individuals and families recovering from alcoholism and addiction. The announcement comes on the heels of the organization’s annual Oscar Night Gala; a black-tie affair held in February that raised approximately $125,000 for Wolfe Street Center.
Alfred L. Williams (SVP, Bancorp South) and Board Chairman said “We are pleased to welcome Caroline to the foundation. She brings 25 years of experience in the field(s) of executive planning, marketing, and education to our cause. She will inspire greater civic engagement from the corporate community while giving a face to Wolfe Street as the ‘first-stop’ for people seeking recovery.” Ford comes to Wolfe Street Foundation from Hendrix College, has served on several non-profit boards, and owns and operates transitional residences for women in Little Rock. She holds a Doctorate in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Marketing, both from Georgia State University.
Of the appointment Ford said, “As a native Arkansan, I’m excited to continue to serve the community around an issue that is a growing public health concern. Like other mid-sized metro areas across the United States, Central Arkansas has been severely impacted by the rise in alcohol-related deaths and the growing epidemic of other addictions.” Ford said the youth and young adult population ages 18 – 25 have been disproportionately impacted. Arrests, overdose and fatalities have quadrupled for several demographics across the nation since 2012.
Founded in 1982, Wolfe Street Center serves 100,000 people annually and is Little Rock’s oldest standing resource for individuals and their families seeking information, treatment and support for alcoholism and addiction recovery. A 501 c 3 corporation, Wolfe Street Foundation is entirely funded by private donations and is governed by a 12-person board.