Who am I?   I’m Tom Vanderwell, the Editor and Director of The Vulnerable Project.

Why did I start this?   Because after 12 years in the adoption world and 6 years on the board of an orphanage and almost 4 years full time on the orphanage staff, I had a growing realization that hit me like a ton of bricks.

Not a proverbial ton.   An actual ton.

Realization?    Many people, both on staff at organizations and “at home” want to help but don’t have a solid knowledge of what’s best and what really can make a difference.

I don’t either.

No one in their right mind would say they know all of the answers.    But I started The Vulnerable Project to bring to you a fresh perspective, some insider knowledge and hopefully some very solid conversations about how we can make a difference.

So what else is there to know about me?   In 2015, I’ll be celebrating 30 years of being married to my high school sweetheart.   We have 5 kids – three vanilla and two chocolate ones.    The chocolate ones came home from Haiti in 2004 at the ages of 2 and 3.

I spent over 20 years as a banker and the last number of years have been fighting for something much more worthwhile.

If you want to know anything else, feel free to ask!


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