SULLIVAN -The Meramec Community Mission will reopen May 28, 2013 under new stewardship. The following May 13, 2013 release from the organization explains recent developments and future plans.
To: All Contributors, Clients and Supporters of the Meramec Community Mission
From: The Executive Board
The Meramec Community Mission has served an important function within the Sullivan area for a long time. We would like to thank everyone who has supported the Mission in the past and we hope that we can count on your continued support. During the time the Mission has been closed, a lot of changes have been made and we are confident that these changes will enable the Mission to better serve our community for years to come. We know that many are curious and concerned about the future of the Mission, so we would like to take this opportunity to share with you the changes we have made.
Our vision for the Mission from the beginning has been not only to be a place that offers food and clothing but also a place that offers services to individuals in important areas relating to nutrition, financial management and employment. One board member described the new vision as “Come Grow With Us.” It is our intention and hope that the Mission becomes a place where those who are able, may obtain help accessing services they need to become more self-sufficient.
The most obvious change is separating the Food Pantry from the Thrift Store. The Food Pantry will be in the same location (200 Main Street) while the Thrift Store will be right next door. Reopening the Food Pantry as soon as possible has been our first priority. We are pleased to announce that this will happen on Tuesday, May 28. Pantry hours will be 9:00am to 5:00pm every Tuesday. Because the Mission has been closed for several weeks, we anticipate that we will be serving a higher-than-average number of clients. There is a lot of new shelf space that needs to be stocked. Some significant food donations have already come in but more is desperately needed. Donations of nonperishable food can be made during normal business hours at the following locations:
1) First State Community Bank (both locations)
2) Sullivan Area Chamber of Commerce
2) Janet Morrow, CPA, 453 N. Church St.
If you would like make a monetary donation you can do so by mail:
Meramec Community Mission
P.O. Box 1001
Sullivan, MO 63080
We would also like to introduce our new Administrative Coordinator, Ms. Sandra Paul. Ms. Paul will be responsible for the day-to-day functions of both the Food Pantry and the Thrift Store as well as managing the expanded services which will be offered to clients.
The wait is almost over. Thank you to everyone for your patience. We are excited about reopening and serving the Sullivan community in a stronger, more effective way.
Meramec Community Mission Executive Board