Mis­sion di­rec­tor to re­tire on cusp of shel­ter goal

Long-sought shel­ter will house home­less in the Bra­zos Val­ley.

Austin American-Statesman - - OBITUARIES - By Re­becca Fiedler The Ea­gle

As Doug Wee­don spent the past three decades help­ing the home­less in the Bra­zos Val­ley, he rou­tinely would take the op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate the public on the is­sue.

“It’s not a choice. It could hap­pen to any of us,” he would say. Then he would give de­tails about the hearts and minds of the peo­ple Twin City Mis­sion took un­der its roof.

Those were the ex­act words he spoke in 2007 when launch­ing a cap­i­tal cam­paign to raise $5.5 mil­lion to build a new shel­ter for the home­less and refuge for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims. Within two years, more than $2 mil­lion was raised. Just over 10 years later, the mis­sion is $500,000 short of meet­ing its goal, but Wee­don is con­fi­dent it’ll hap­pen.

He vowed at the start of the project not to re­tire un­til it was paid for. Now that the time is draw­ing near, Wee­don, 71, said it’s time for him to pass the torch to some­one else.

The Bryan na­tive is re­tir­ing to the home he and his wife built on the land where he grew up. He said it’s time to en­joy some of his hob­bies and pas­sions — rais­ing cat­tle, gar­den­ing, land­scap­ing and leather work — while keep­ing con­nected with those who mat­ter to him.

Wee­don, who pub­licly an­nounced his re­tire­ment this month, told his board of di­rec­tors about his plans in the fall. A search is un­der­way for a re­place­ment, but Wee­don said he’s not in any rush to exit and can help through the tran­si­tion. And, in true Wee­don style, he said he will prob­a­bly vol­un­teer at the mis­sion.

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