David Ashby of New Morning Retires After 23 Years

by Placerville Newswire / Jan 25, 2020 / comments

[Laurie Heyman, New Morning Youth & Family Services]

The year was 1997.  Mars Pathfinder lands on Mars, Hong Kong gained its Independence, Bill Clinton was in the second year of his 2nd term in office, Dolly the sheep was cloned, and David Ashby was hired to be the 4th Executive Director at New Morning Youth & Family Services.

2020 is New Morning’s 50th Year anniversary, and on June 30, after 23 years of dedicated service, David Ashby will be retiring as the longest-standing Executive Director of New Morning and in El Dorado County.  But David is leaving feeling satisfied after fulfilling many accomplishments.  

When David started at New Morning, the children’s shelter was a tiny donated house off Broadway in Placerville which could hold 6 runaway and homeless youth.   In 1998, David’s dream to get more space to support the growing number of at-risk youth.  In 2005, the New Morning Board committed to building a new shelter.  After years of working on funding, the shelter was completed in 2011. The first night New Morning Shelter opened, they had 11 kids spend the night.  And in 2019, after serving thousands of homeless and runaway children at the shelter, the New Morning shelter loan was paid off.

New Morning acquired the esteemed CARF accreditation (The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services).  This accreditation means New Morning is recognized for having a level of professionalism that is accepted on an international scale. It opens New Morning up to more funders and upping our internal standards.

 An early highlight was receiving a DHHS Shelter Grant that the agency maintains to this date. This grant helps provide basic funding for the shelter. They also received another grant to provide counseling for children who are victims of abuse. With this grant, New Morning was able to expand therapy services to school campuses.

 David is proud of what New Morning has accomplished.  “Types of services we provide and the type of people who provide them. We have exceptional professionals to help our kids and families.  Those kids and families that go through our services and come out the other side on the positive is the ultimate reward.   I hire great staff that I can trust that make meaningful changes in these children's lives.”

 On June 28th, New Morning will be celebrating our 23rd Annual Sunday in Apple Hill ‘Crystal Springs Gardens’. This is David’s last public event and he will be greatly missed by staff and the community.  Please join us.