The CEO and chair of the board of Siloam Mission have resigned from the organization a month after accusations the organization was not meeting the spiritual needs of Indigenous community members.
Siloam has also committed to a comprehensive Indigenous relations strategy and has hired an independent external consultant to lead the effort.
A group called Not My Siloam began a social media campaign to press the organization for changes “in order to better support Indigenous people experiencing homelessness,” according to a social media post.
Kara Von Riesen resigned as the supervisor of Siloam’s Exit Up program on Jan. 1, citing broken commitments made by the organization and that she could no longer work under Bell.
Von Riesen says she is saddened for people who left or lost their positions at Siloam because of the leadership problems, but the changes could mean a new direction for the Mission.
“I feel more confident in…