The Rev. Nancy Yancey plans to retire from the Rainbow Village at the end of the year.
Yancey, 65, is the nonprofit’s Chief Executive Officer and was instrumental in the founding the Rainbow Village in 1991.
Rainbow Village, in Duluth, works to end homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. It has a 85 percent success rate with families and children moving out of homelessness.
Yancey leaves the organization debt-free. It recently completed an $8.8 million building program.
“I have always tried to follow God’s call for my life and I believe it is now time for me to enter the next phase of my journey,” Yancey said in a statement. “ I will retire at the end of 2017 and look forward to spending time with my husband, children and friends.”
She said Rainbow Village has grown from serving two families in 1991 to serving 30 in 2017.
Recently, Rainbow Village announced that Dr. D. Thomas Upchurch had joined the board.
Upchurch is chairman and chief medical officer of AllMeds Specialty Practice Services, which he co-founded. AllMeds provides medical electronic health record systems, practice management, billing and collection services.