There is something special about working for HUD. It shows up in our mission statement: “to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.” Few other government departments or agencies work to create something. Most others regulate or protect; we build, repair and offer hope. It also shows up in our co-worker’s charitable work with Feds Feed Families and Combined Federal Campaign.
HUD has trained, developed and provided motivation for thousands of employees over the years, with many leaving early to help the public navigate HUD systems or work with HUD partners in continuing HUD’s mission. Many have been brought in by different Administrations, where they can see from the inside how HUD works.
HUD also has a huge cadre of employees that have recently retired or are eligible for retirement. Some will hang on with HUD looking to continue the mission, but also at the expense of HUD’s budget. Other’s will leave, but will find that their desire to contribute hasn’t waned, but not at 40 hours a week.
The seed I would like to plant is developing an Alumni Association, hence the working title of HUD Renew. The mission statement would simply mirror the Departments.
Although ex-HUD staff are free to find charitable or job opportunities and many have, a focused group can leverage their knowledge skills and abilities to become something bigger. Possibilities are numerous:
• A clearing house for opportunities (Habitat for Humanity builds, worldwide)
• Finding sponsors/negotiated travel discounts for those opportunities
• A think tank for ideas
• Support for newly retired
• A social network
• Fund raising
• Low cost navigation of HUD programs to those in communities that need it
• Link to Current HUD programs - Newsletter
Previous Division, grade or years of service will not have any bearing. Continuing of the mission will be the only goal. An SES maybe pounding nails in the future next to an employee formally in their line of authority, but whom they had never gotten to know.
Of course there are a host of ethics issues too, so if the seed germinates, it has to grow outside of HUD. But being free of government rules can also allow growth.
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Zach Carter commented
With the potential for a number of early retirements spurred by the transformation initiatives announced April 24th, this idea became even greater/more timely than it already was. It would be great if the offer of alumni membership were something that could in place to provide to these staff prior to leaving.
Patricia Micklitz commented
I am only 46 and became a Non-Elderly Disabled adult (NED). Prior to thisI worked as a Paramedic and also Instructor/Coordinator for the State of Wisconsin Pre-Hospital Life Support Program. I was also in charge of the Department of Training & Education and have always been a caretaker that always wanted to share everything I ever learned (Tricks of the Trade). I was thrown a curve ball and became very ill with autoimmune illnesses (Fibromyalgia, Lupus etc.) We are also know as people with "Invisible Illness" because we look ok from the outside... but suffer in isolation. I am back on my feet and even though I am not able to work with patients anymore (due to my compromised immune system) I am now coming to you as a patient on Medicare AB or SSDI but now need to move forward with my life. I am in desperate need of a Condo Community (Low Maintenance due to my chronic pain) but also know if mentored ... I could become an advocate for others in my situation (NED) Non-Elderly Disabled (millions... ie. lots of "Baby-Boomers") If placed into Assisted Living at an age we are not ready for (Mentally & Physically) I feel not only would we become sick - sharing close contact with others suffering form low immunity... but also would be doing a huge disservice to all & economical growth. We do have skills that if placed in the right positions, and could still use are Independence of daily living ... would create so much inspiration, to give back and move forward and assist this entire group of amazing individuals (suffering in silence) bring hope back and insight so many ideas... which we all know HOUSING = KEY for the movement of our economic system. I would love to help - just need a little direction and inspiration (maybe form a new team of (NED,s)... that the USA still needs & we still need to believe in the USA... We Just Need To Get It Moving Soon. Thanks for listening, I hope I can find a great team to help me & work with to "Pay-It-Forward"
this is a great idea!
Kathy Claiborne commented
Great idea and one that I'd be interested in supporting. I would also like to see some mechanism for ex-employees to act as consultants to newer and existing employees at HUD, so that all that "knowledge" can be an available resource in times of staff shortages.
Juanita Upshaw commented
This is a very good idea for those willing to contribute their knowledge on an on-going basis. It would be great for all involved and great for HUD too.
Fran Meinke commented
Great idea, also hiring and training staff to replace those known to be retiring.
This is the best suggestion I've seen to date on this board.
William Jessen commented
What a great idea. It is a way for people to continue their service, provide experience and expertise in ways never before imagined.