Matthew Kostecki has started his new position of executive director at Home of the Sparrow.
During an extensive search, the Board of Directors, led by President Joel Zarnstorff, tabbed Kostecki as the candidate to lead the agency as it expands and identifies the needs of the organization for the future.
Kostecki joins the agency from The UMMA Center (Urban Muslim Minority Alliance) in Waukegan, where he has served as the executive director for the past five years. Prior to that, he spent 13 years at Pioneer Center/PADS working his way up to the executive director position, where he served for more than four years.
Kostecki has maintained strong connections with many service providers to the local homeless population. He holds a Master of Social Work degree from George Williams College of Aurora University, and is working toward a Ph.D. in leadership management from Capella University.
A McHenry County native and resident, Kostecki’s existing network of local professional contacts will allow him to hit the ground running in his new role as the public face of Home of the Sparrow.
“I am happy to be back in the community and to serve those in need. I look forward to meeting members from the community, volunteers, clients and constituents; my door is open,” Kostecki said.
Home of the Sparrow is a nonprofit organization that provides transitional shelter, housing and case management services to homeless women and children.
The organization also operates seven Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Stores and Donation Centers and operates Community Threads Thrift Store in Arlington Heights.