Pictured are Young, Dickson and Barnes, board president. Lorie Young, Director of The Mission in New Caney announced at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on June 10 her retirement in September 2010, after serving as its original Director for 15 1/2 years. The Mission began in 1994 as Mission Northeast, a church food pantry at Forest Cove Baptist Church, and has grown into a multi-service agency that addresses its client�s physical, emotional and spiritual needs. In the last 14 years, The Mission has provided services to more than 278,000 local individuals. Lorie and The Mission Board of Directors are proud to announce that, taking over the reins as the new Director will be Pam Dickson. Pam will officially begin at The Mission on July 1st. Among Pam's other distinctions and awards such as 2004 Haden E. McKay Citizen of the Year Award, she also received the Joe Boyd Community Service Award from The Mission at last year's annual fundraiser in September. During the next year, Lorie and Pam will serve shoulder to shoulder as director and co-director. The Board of Directors of The Mission, through an exhaustive application and interview process felt God's leading in hiring Pam. Lorie and Pam have been community partners for many years. Lorie expressed her confidence in Pam to lead The Mission into the years ahead and will have a great peace in leaving The Mission in such capable hands. "Words can never express how I feel about you and The Mission," says Lorie. "We all started really green in 1994 with direction from our Heavenly Father. We have grown up together. From the beginning, we planted our feet, dedicated to being the lighthouse in our community and introducing a lost community to the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ in word and action. I believe we are doing that. I will have more to say to each of you as we get closer to September 2010. Just know how much I love you and what a joy you are to me." Lorie will be moving to Tyler in 2010 with her husband Dave. For more information about The Mission, contact Lorie Young at 281-354-1200 or visit its website, www.missionne.org.

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