A crowd of employees, community leaders and “neighbors” gathered at CitySquare in Dallas on Tuesday night for a retirement party to say “thank you” to longtime CEO Larry James.
“Larry is the one who sees the pain and stops to help,” said James CEO successor John Siburt.
“Larry James has literally been involved in many good works in Dallas,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said.
For nearly 3 decades, James has led the charge at CitySquare to fight poverty, hunger and homelessness through programs to help them improve their lives.
“Yes, it gives me great pleasure to see people do better, and people can do better,” James said. “They just need a helping hand.”
James is still focused on fighting poverty, but he’s also focused on his health.
“So I’m struggling with Parkinson’s, but it’s okay because I have what I need,” James said. “But I know people on the street who don’t have that safety net. It’s a matter of investment.”
CitySquare announced Wednesday that with the help of donors, the Larry James Center for Poverty Solutions will launch next year. It will focus on advocacy and solutions to poverty.
“We need to come together, stick together and open our hearts to each other,” James said. “There is magic in this complicity.”