Mission director to retire on cusp of shelter goal
Long-sought shelter will house homeless in the Brazos Valley.
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.