We​ ​can​ ​say​ ​without​ ​reservation​ ​Dennis​ ​is​ ​the​ ​beating​ ​heart​ ​of​ ​Outreach’s​ ​success.​ ​

Our​ ​dear​ ​friend​ ​and​ ​colleague,​ ​Dennis​ ​Labayen,​ ​retired​ ​from​ ​his​ ​official​ ​capacity​ ​with​ ​Outreach​ ​at​ ​the end​ ​of​ ​last​ ​week,​ ​after​ ​serving​ ​for​ ​more​ ​than​ ​36​ ​years.​ ​Not​ ​to​ ​worry—​ ​he’s​ ​still​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​our family,​ ​now​ ​in​ ​the​ ​role​ ​of​ ​Chief​ ​Field​ ​Officer​ ​Emeritus,​ ​and​ ​will​ ​continue​ ​parachuting​ ​in​ ​to​ ​lend​ ​his expertise​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​to​ ​a​ ​host​ ​of​ ​special​ ​projects​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world.
Honoring Dr. Dennis Labayen

We​ ​can​ ​say​ ​without​ ​reservation​ ​Dennis​ ​is​ ​the​ ​beating​ ​heart​ ​of​ ​Outreach’s​ ​success.​ ​Since​ ​our​ ​earliest years,​ ​the​ ​success​ ​we’ve​ ​enjoyed​ ​alongside​ ​our​ ​communities​ ​and​ ​as​ ​a​ ​group​ ​of​ ​committed poverty-fighters​ ​can​ ​be​ ​traced​ ​directly​ ​to​ ​Dennis’s​ ​guidance,​ ​ingenuity,​ ​and​ ​dedication.​ ​

Honoring Dr. Dennis Labayen

Wherever Outreach​ ​has​ ​gone,​ ​Dennis​ ​has​ ​been​ ​there,​ ​listening,​ ​encouraging,​ ​and​ ​empowering​ ​our​ ​community partners​ ​to​ ​work​ ​together​ ​and​ ​brighten​ ​their​ ​lives.​ ​He’s​ ​someone​ ​who​ ​understands​ ​that​ ​poverty​ ​is fundamentally​ ​unjust,​ ​and​ ​treats​ ​our​ ​partners​ ​with​ ​a​ ​level​ ​of​ ​dignity​ ​that​ ​insists​ ​they​ ​believe​ ​in​ ​their own​ ​capacity​ ​to​ ​find​ ​solutions.​ ​And​ ​they​ ​do.

Honoring service of Drs. Dennis and Lorna Labayen

To​ ​know​ ​Dennis​ ​is​ ​to​ ​love​ ​Dennis,​ ​and​ ​while​ ​we​ ​will​ ​absolutely​ ​miss​ ​having​ ​him​ ​around​ ​the​ ​office​ ​to spice​ ​up​ ​our​ ​days,​ ​we’re​ ​so​ ​grateful​ ​for​ ​the​ ​memories​ ​of​ ​our​ ​time​ ​together,​ ​laughing,​ ​thinking,​ ​and spilling​ ​coffee​ ​all​ ​over​ ​the​ ​place.

Just​ ​so​ ​we’re​ ​clear:​ ​This​ ​isn’t​ ​“Goodbye.”​ ​We​ ​wouldn’t​ ​let​ ​him​ ​get​ ​away​ ​that​ ​easily.​ ​In​ ​a​ ​few​ ​months, we’ll​ ​share​ ​details​ ​of​ ​our​ ​plans​ ​for​ ​a​ ​formal​ ​celebration​ ​to​ ​honor​ ​him.​ ​Exciting​ ​times!

Honor Dennis Labayen