Luncheon and style show raises funds to benefit Mission families The Mission, a service agency located in New Caney, recently held their annual “One Life at a Time” fund raiser and luncheon at the East Montgomery County Improvement District building. The Mission was first conceived in 1994 as a food pantry operating out of Forest Cove Baptist Church, and since that time has grown into a multi-service agency that has served more than 278,000 local individuals, with more than 20,000 served in 2008 alone. All of this is accomplished with a staff of five, and an army of volunteers. This agency provides much more than food, as it addresses clients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Programs provided through The Mission include: education courses for adults and children, holiday assistance, job training, life skills classes, financial literacy training and much more. This year’s luncheon, catered by Amedeo’s Italian Restaurant, began with a reception, raffle and silent auction. The luncheon emcee was Cynthia Calvert, owner of the Tribune Newspapers. Guest speaker Terri Norris, a former client of The Mission, spoke passionately about the ways this organization helped her turn her life around. “My future looked bleak,” said Norris. “But the Mission opened so many doors for me. I wanted a better, brighter future, and The Mission is helping me do that. They have my back.” The recipient of the 2009 Joe Boyd Community Service award, Kendra Wise, was announced by Lorie Young, the founder of The Mission. “She is a local resident who graduated from New Caney High School,” said Young. “She is always the first to volunteer, and she is teaching her kids to do the same. She will always step forward to help someone in need.” Following a style show of CAbi fashions, presented by Caron McMahon, Young thanked everyone for attending, and spoke of how the agency addressed their client’s needs physically, emotionally and spiritually. Young summed up the personal care that The Mission strives for. “The most important thing we do – is we remember their name.” For more information about The Mission, visit www.missionne.org. Photo: Guest speaker Terri Norris recounts her experience with The Mission, at the recent “One Life at a Time” luncheon.

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