TIPP CITY — Making the leap from the public sector to lead one of the largest non-profit organizations in the county took a lot of prayer and careful thought for Troy’s William “Bill” Lutz.
Last December, Lutz joined the rewarding world of non-profit work when he accepted the position of executive director of New Path Outreach. Lutz previously served as the city of Piqua’s development program director for more than eight years.
Lutz is responsible for coordinating the efforts of dozens of New Path volunteers who provide service for more than a dozen programs and ministries in Miami and Montgomery counties. The New Path Outreach offices are located at 7695 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City.
“It has been great — it’s been such a blast,” said Lutz about his new career path earlier this month.
Lutz said the opportunity at New Path came about when the previous director, Marcia Florkey, announced she was stepping down.
“The previous director announced she was leaving. Some individuals at the church called me and said, ‘Bill, you should really do this.’ And of course at the time I said, ‘No, this isn’t what I do.’ I went to college to be a local government bureaucrat, right? So they said they were going to pray about it,” Lutz shared.
“So I went home, I thought about it, I prayed about it. I talked to my wife about it. And the more I thought about it, the more it became clear that this is really a unique opportunity to serve people in a real direct way, which is something I enjoyed in government work.”
New Path’s services include operating two food pantries, three retail stores, a medical durable goods loaning program, a community meal program, a car program and a furniture program as well. In all, over 14 separate programs are operated under the organization.
“My No. 1 job is to make sure our staff members and our volunteer servants have a wonderful and fulfilling experience so that they come back tomorrow to do it all over again,” Lutz said. “We have 400 volunteer servants. They provided 200,000 hours of service last year. So we got to make sure those folks are happy, they enjoy being here and they are appreciated and they are cared for.”
Lutz also is a contributing columnist for the Troy Daily News and the Piqua Daily Call. Lutz lives in Troy with his wife Ashley and their two children.
For more information about New Path Outreach, visit www.newpathoutreach.org.
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