And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” – Isaiah 6:8
I was raised in a ministry family in rural Pennsylvania. My father is a pastor, who started his career by counseling families in crisis. My mother is a teacher who spends her summers serving as a chaplain. My brother is a pastor and a human services worker, focused on troubled teenagers. As children, my brother and I went to work with our parents often and we were raised to believe that every individual is important to God and is consequently important to us. Loving people comes as naturally to my parents as walking.
While I didn’t enter the “family business” right away, I am excited to return to my roots and to launch FlourishNow as a means of loving the people of Jacksonville. Through a wonderful and complex turn of events, God called my husband Jason and me to leave the Washington, DC area and to relocate here to be a part of FlourishNow. We are thrilled to call Jacksonville our home (especially on the days when it’s 80 degrees here and it’s 8 degrees in DC).
Jacksonville’s gorgeous weather and adorable manatees were a huge draw, but the real reason we followed God here is that FlourishNow puts into action my deepest passions. I believe fundamentally that every human being is a beautiful, dignified reflection of who God is. I am a passionate student of how to love people in a way that is beneficial to their minds, their bodies, and ultimately their souls.
My previous work for academic non-profits focused on social sciences. I learned a lot about unintended consequences and the way some well-intentioned government programs, and even some charities, miss that some approaches to addressing human need actually leave people worse off. By creating ongoing dependence, sometimes the way society addresses physical poverty can impoverish the spirit.
That’s why I love FlourishNow. We exist to offer personal, empowering assistance to the people who most need it. By coming alongside existing ministries and the local church, our vision is to empower churches to offer our neighbors the type of sustainable assistance that will restore their independence, their families, and their hope.
I can’t wait to learn more about the churches, non-profits, and ministry organizations that are already serving Jacksonville and to discover ways that we can add value. I am also excited to meet business leaders, entrepreneurs, and anyone else with a passion for helping people find work and achieve independence.
Are you passionate about helping people? Do you have experience in business or human resources? Do you enjoy being part of the solution? Do you volunteer for your church or for local non-profits? Do you work for a church or a local non-profit?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, or want more information, then please reach out to me. I can’t wait to meet you, hear about what you love, and learn how I can serve you.