Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children is glad to announce the appointment of Joyce Chester as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective February 15, 2024. Joyce, formerly the Executive Director of the Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), brings a wealth of experience, leadership, and passion for community service to her new role.

Joyce is a visionary leader with a proven track record of fostering positive change and empowering individuals and communities. As the Executive Director of the Chester County OIC, she spearheaded initiatives in adult and youth literacy, job training, and education that have made a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of individuals. Her commitment to uplifting and advocating for underserved youth and adults is well-aligned to the values of Friends Association.

In her new capacity as CEO, Joyce will lead Friends Association in providing programs and services that prevent homelessness and promote the independence of families with children.

“I am honored and excited to join Friends Association,” said Joyce Chester. “The organization has a 200-year history of making a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need, and I am eager to contribute to its continued success. Together, with the dedicated team at Friends Association, we will work towards transforming the lives of those facing homelessness in Chester County.”

Friends Association Board President Yolanda Van De Krol expressed enthusiasm about the appointment, stating, “We are delighted to welcome Joyce Chester to Friends Association. Her leadership and commitment to community empowerment make her the ideal candidate to lead our organization into its next chapter. We look forward to working closely with Joyce to build on the achievements of Friends Association and further expand our impact.”

Friends Association’s Board of Directors is confident that Joyce Chester’s appointment as CEO will enhance the organization’s ability to address the community’s evolving needs and continue providing essential services to those facing housing crises.