From the Executive Director

6/28/2021

Relationships 

I just celebrated my first anniversary as the Executive Director. It’s hard to believe a year has flown by so quickly. Although I’m still relatively new on staff, I have supported the Mission for over ten years. My husband and I moved to Mooresville in 2008, and I soon learned about the friendly nonprofit in town that serves people in need. I remember when the Mission’s Client Choice Pantry launched in 2014. I spent time stocking shelves, helping clients, and recruiting volunteers.

I also led a women’s bible study at our church, where we took every other week out of the classroom to volunteer at the Mission. As we served, we got to know each other and our community better. The joy of seeing clients fill their carts with food and the gratitude they expressed was a treasure. Those years are precious to me as I made lifelong friends and fell in love with the core values of the Mission– Offering Hope. Empowering People. Fighting Poverty.

Now that I’m at the Mission daily, it’s fun to see groups like mine serving together. I also see individuals that come on their own and make new friends. All personality types serve at the Mission. Some are outgoing and never meet a stranger; others are quiet and more reserved. The same goes for our clients. Each brings unique perspectives and insights that help all of us grow and learn together. Whether it’s once a week or once a month, three hours at the Mission impacts clients, other volunteers, our staff, and the community. Yes, you’re serving and carrying out essential duties, but time at the Mission creates relationships. And that’s what truly moves people forward.

We recently completed a five-year strategic plan. In that plan, we recognize the importance of trust and dignity. These are key factors in creating strong relationships and will be the basis of top-notch programming to alleviate generational poverty in our area. I’ll be sharing more about our five-year plan in the upcoming months, but for now, I want the community to know that all are welcome at the Mission. Client, volunteer, donor, or community member, we are an open door for anyone to belong.

–Amy LaCount, Executive Director