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We're celebrating 17 years with Diana Wright-Stubbs as Executive Director of Mission for Area People. She shares insight on how she got started in non-profit and what motivates her to continue this work. She talks about how the medical fund was created after the death of her daughter, Carrie Ann, and how it grew over the years to raise more than $600,000 to help our neighbors with prescriptions, medical equipment and supplies. We are so grateful for her service to the community.

Photo of Diane with her daughter Carrie Ann Wright, who passed on December 31, 1987 at 12 years old.

We are behind the scenes at MAP showing you what is given to our homeless friends in need. Diana Stubbs opens a care package with bed sheets, towels, wash cloths, toilet paper, and personal care items. MAP provides essentials to those struggling without resources. If you'd like to donate, please give our office a call at 231-733-9672. We accept new items or gently used and clean bed sheets. Toiletry packets are appreciated as well.

The Jefferson Street Garden recently added a 36" inch high bed for one prime reason - to provide potential gardeners, who have challenges, the opportunities to stand at the bed and enjoy tending the plants. Pam Stevens says, "All are welcome. This is your garden, your community!" Volunteer Michael Golliver used his spare time and skills to construct the beds with donated lumber from local businesses. Benefits from our garden include:

  • Meet new friends and chat with old friends, share your knowledge and ideas!
  • Enjoy fresh produce and help grow food for the MAP pantry.
  • New gardeners are welcome, no experience necessary.

We are also seeking donations of seeds from the Seed Saver's Exchange, High Mowing Seeds and Renee's Garden. To learn more on connecting with the garden or donating, call MAP at 231-733-9672.