Two named to leadership posts at Pilgrims' Inn

The leadership at Pilgrims' Inn has doubled.

Susan Dean of Fort Mill has been appointed executive director, and Angela Miller of Catawba is the inn's new social services coordinator, a position that was vacant for many years.

They join a staff of 17 at the nonprofit emergency help center at 236 W. Main St.

"I am both delighted and humbled by this opportunity," Dean said. "I hope to join our dedicated board members, staff and volunteers in continuing Pilgrims' Inn's unique history of caring, compassionate service to the families of our community."

Dean replaces Gina Amato, who stepped down in May to join the American Red Cross. Before joining Pilgrims' Inn, Dean was a social worker and volunteer coordinator for United Hospice-Piedmont in Chester and the owner of Susan Dean Associates. She will oversee the agency's finances and operations.

Dean said she'll be focused on systems and policies and hopes to find additional money for the nonprofit.

"We're going to have to take a more aggressive and proactive fundraiser approach," said Dean, noting that a large portion of the budget comes from individual support.

"Grant writing and grant management will be a big part in this project," Dean said.

Dean graduated with a bachelor's degree in social work from Malone College in Canton, Ohio. Miller earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Winthrop University.

Both have master's degrees in social work -- Dean from the University of Michigan and Miller from the University of South Carolina.

Miller formerly was a case manager of Life Enhancement Services, a social services agency in Charlotte. At Pilgrims' Inn, she will help clients achieve financial independence and help stabilize their lives so they can be more productive.

"We believe that Miller's academic credentials and work experience will enable us to expand dramatically the counseling and support services that we are able to offer our clients," said Stephen Cox, president of the inn's board of directors.

Pilgrims' Inn was founded 26 years ago and provides free assistance to anyone in need. Its four core programs are: an emergency assistance program that provides food, clothing, medicine and utilities aid; a temporary shelter for women and children; 12 transitional apartments where residents can stay for up to two years with subsidized rent; and the Open Arms Day Care Center, which provides free day care for up to 36 children of clients served by the inn.