Linda Funk is a community treasure, a person ideally suited to help the less fortunate.
As executive director of Warm Blessings soup kitchen since 2007, she helped provide hundreds of struggling people a place for meals each week, somewhere to get out of the cold or heat or simply a caring shoulder to lean on.
She retired at the end of December and her time and compassion at Warm Blessings was recognized Thursday at a community celebration attended by more than 100 people from all walks of life at College Heights United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown.
“For 13 years, she has given everything she has got to Warm Blessings and to serving people, said Donielle Lovell, a member of the Warm Blessings boar.
That, in a nutshell, is the work of Funk, who looked at her position as so much more than a job – it was her passion, her mission and her calling.
So many people in our community are better for it and better for having met Funk.
Whether it was with the meal delivery program, organizing Cardboard Nation that offers people a glimpse of what life is like for the homeless or relentlessly seeking funding for the good of others, Funk was driven to make Warm Blessings better today than it was a month ago.
Those kind of people are rare anymore.
Humble and thankful for all the help she received in pushing Warm Blessings forward is the way Funk went about her time leading the organization and its dozens of volunteers. She was stern when she had to be, but always, displayed a caring heart for the plight of others who drifted in and out of the East Dixie Avenue location.
Funk has been part of Warm Blessings since it opened in 2006.
Warm Blessings now has a new executive director, Louisville native Dawn Cash. She won’t replace Funk because that in itself is an unfair standard of expectations.
Cash, who has more than 20 years of social service and non-profit management experience, has stepped into the leadership role with her own goals and drive to succeed.
Warm Blessings is a pivotal organization in Elizabethtown and for all of Hardin County. Cash and the soup kitchen deserve our support as much as Funk deserves thank you a million times over for a job well done.
This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.