Earlier this month, we provided the Mooresville community a glimpse of our future direction that includes the search for a new home for the Mission. This week we want to give you a little more detail on our pathway forward.
First off, it is important to note that the Mission has been serving the Mooresville community for more than 80 years! That is a long time. And over those decades, our community has changed a lot but the Mission’s focus on serving people in need has never wavered. It is our purpose.
As we look ahead to the future, the needs of our community inform how we will build and run programs to serve people in poverty. We see a community still reeling from the pandemic, with workforce challenges and barriers to resources that make life difficult for many in the Mooresville area. We also see great opportunities for building relationships and forging new directions.
Key components of our plan include:
- Trust – Our most precious asset is the trust we build with the people we serve. This is our “secret sauce” that helps the Mission be effective in its role. Moving forward, we are investing in case management and efforts to form lasting relationships with clients at various stages in their self-sufficiency journeys.
- Partnership – We believe in not just collaborating with area human service organizations but formally partnering with them to ensure community resources are efficiently and effectively mobilized. We know that we are a stronger community by working together.
- Continuum – We know that the Mission plays an important role in stabilizing individuals in poverty. We have a near-term goal of leaning in to the needs of those impacted by the pandemic while keeping our eye on the long-term goal of breaking cycles of generational poverty.
- Adaptation – We are planning a two-generation approach to serving people and their children while piloting skill-development programming that leads to social and economic mobility. We must adapt to the changing needs of our community.
To make this new focus for our work a success, we need a new facility. Our downtown location is ideal but the design and layout of the building is not conducive to the sort of relationship-building we aspire to do. We are in the midst of searching for property to construct a purpose-built facility that will meet our needs for decades to come.
In the meantime, we are not waiting to start making impact. Over the next few months, we will be highlighting our programs, partners and people who help make the Mooresville Christian Mission thrive. And that includes you! Please consider sharing this story with someone you know who cares about Mooresville and the people who live there.