Mission for Area People has hired a new Communications Manager. Suzanne Prell comes to MAP with several years experience in non-profit work including United Way. Suzanne said "I am so grateful to be part of the team. MAP gives more help to clients with wrap-around services. They are fast and efficient and do more than any other agency I've seen."
Suzanne will be working on grant writing, fundraising, marketing and social media, and client services. She has a bachelor's degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University and has been married to Jerry Prell for 25 years. They have two grown sons and live in Fruitport.
Do you have children that need new socks and underwear? We want to help prepare them for the school year with our free socks and underwear giveaway on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 10:30 am to 12 noon. Please call our office to register their sizes at 231-733-9672.
This week we are featuring a loyal volunteer Diane Sagala who has been working in our baby clothing pantry and registering clients to shop. Diane started working with MAP through her church and came more often after she retired in 2018. She's been faithfully serving ever since. She said she is delighted to see people go through the pantry, "Especially the teenagers that are surprised to find all the choices of free items they never knew they could have."
MAP's clothing pantry is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. There is no need to make an appointment and all items are free to the public. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please call our office at 231-733-9672.
It's been a long five months since COVID-19 has hit our community and we've been busy. Mission for Area People has continued to operate during the shut-down helping those in need. Diana Wright-Stubbs, Executive Director of MAP, would like to share an update on those we have served during the pandemic. As of July 27, 2020, MAP has assisted the following:
Aided 118 individuals with lodging, (this includes the homeless, quarantined, and COVID-19 positive.
55 rooms of lodging were paid for, many are still in lodging.
Approximately $29,000 spent in lodging.
Bedding, linens, towels, personal care, food, medicine, and transportation have been given to those displaced or homeless.
All of us at MAP would like to thank the community donors including United Way of the Lakeshore, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Meijers, and many generous individuals for giving to us. We wouldn't be able to continue our work without this support.
The pandemic is not over, but we promise that MAP will be there to help every step of the way. Stay home. Stay safe.