Leadership Transition

Samantha Zinth, Executive Director

​​Dear Supporters and Friends,


It is with mixed emotions that I announce my plan to depart Day By Day Warming Shelter in July 2016.


My family situation has changed in recent months, requiring that I re-evaluate my professional commitments. While I am appreciative of the consistent support and encouragement of the Board of Directors and grateful for the strong performance of our staff and volunteers, Day By Day Warming Shelter needs a leader who can commit their full time and attention to the cause. With my husband now traveling upwards of 80% in his own work, I need to pursue an opportunity with more traditional hours for my young children.

I am extremely proud of everything we have achieved in the past year. When I joined the staff of Day By Day Warming Shelter in February 2015, I could clearly see my role in building organizational capacity and guiding organizational change. What I didn’t anticipate was how profoundly this work would touch my soul. Establishing a connection with our guests—getting to know them and their unique stories—has been one of the most transformative experiences of my life. Everything we do as staff, volunteers and donors is to help secure the future of the homeless men and women we serve. In my time at Day By Day Warming Shelter, together we:


  • Increased annual donation and grant revenue by 22 percent

  • Created a Resource Coordination program designed to support and motivate guests toward stability and self-sufficiency

  • Drove collaborative board governance reform, including bylaw revision, mission revision, board recruitment, officer transition, and long-range strategic planning

  • Established a culture of programmatic excellence by setting metrics, developing standard operating procedures, and implementing continuous improvement measures

  • Forged long-term partnerships to create new collaborative housing solutions in Oshkosh


I believe change in organizational leadership is healthy and that organizations thrive when their leaders are the best possible match for the work at that moment in the organization’s lifecycle. The incoming leader will be well-equipped to guide the next phase of Day By Day Warming Shelter, including plans for a permanent, year-round shelter facility. This is an exciting time for our organization, and I look forward to celebrating the incredible accomplishments to come.


I want to thank the Board of Directors for the tremendous opportunity to lead and shape the direction of homeless services in our community. I am humbled and inspired by the staff, volunteers and donors who continuously work to support our guests and make our vision of ending homelessness in Oshkosh a reality.


It has been an honor to serve Day By Day Warming Shelter. To new beginnings and continued success!




Samantha Zinth
Executive Director