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Can you help Marsha on GA Gives Day?

WE'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO OUR FRIEND MARSHA, A SINGLE MOTHER WHO CAME THROUGH OUR DOORS FOR THE FIRST TIME ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO: NEW IN TOWN ALONG WITH HER TWO SONS, CARING FOR HER SISTER WHO WAS DYING OF BREAST CANCER, AND UNEMPLOYED. 

She initially came to CVEM's Direct Service program looking for rental assistance; we have stayed in touch with Marsha and been able to help support her on her journey.
 
Today, Marsha has a steady job, a home of her own and is taking real steps to obtain long-term self-sufficiency. In the time we've known her, we've been able to provide this hard-working mom a hand up in paying for her son's senior fees and a power bill. She is proud to see her oldest son graduate high school and continues to work hard for her family.
 
Your generous support of Direct Service enables us to reach out to our neighbors in need year after year, providing assistance with rent and mortgage payments, transportation, medical expenses, scholarships and many more needs. Your support gives Marsha and others like her a safety net while working toward financial independence.
 
Many of you have graciously given to CVEM's Direct Service program on Georgia Gives Day, and we are again asking for your support. Every dollar raised on Georgia Gives Day, the state's day of online giving to nonprofits, will go directly to folks in need. Some of these gifts will be used to help our neighbors in the holiday season, as well as throughout the year.
 
So mark your calendars for Thursday, Nov. 12th to donate to CVEM on Georgia Gives Day. With various prizes and incentives offered by the Community Foundation, your gift on Georgia Gives Day has the potential to multiply.
Simply visit our Website or check our Facebook page on Thursday, Nov. 12 for the link to donate.
 
We thank you. Marsha and her sons thank you. 

In the Press: Students switch high schools for day

Infusion students this year are focusing on Equity in Education. As part of that, they traded schools for a day to get a first hand look at differences and similarities in schools across Muscogee County. 

Here's a story about it from WTVM<<click there!

 

Welcome Martha, CVEM's new Interim Director

The Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry’s Search Committee and Board President Agnes Shelton named Martha Robert Interim Director in January.
Martha comes to CVEM with substantial nonprofit experience, a strong Episcopalian faith and a passion for social justice.
Her career background includes work as an elementary school teacher, an financial administrator for two non-profits, and director of a Day School. 
“I basically have had two careers: Education and Nonprofits,” Martha said.
She started her career as an elementary school teacher. “I feel very passionate about education, particularly early childhood education,” she said. “I made a choice to leave the classroom because that’s not where I belong.”
Her next move led her to serve as the financial administrator of Nicholas House, Georgia’s first transitional housing program for homeless families. The organization began as an outreach effort of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
“Everything I learned about nonprofits, I learned from Nicholas House,” she said.
She worked nine years at Nicholas House and three years in Atlanta Children’s Shelter, a daycare for young children living in shelters.
After living in Atlanta for 26 years, Martha moved to Milledgeville, Ga., where she was the director of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Day School upon the retirement of the school’s founding director of 29 years.
Martha moved to Columbus in August, and found a church home in St. Thomas, where she also learned about CVEM.
“I am always seeking opportunities to work for social justice. I feel like that’s my calling,” said Martha, a cradle Episcopalian. “The advocacy work CVEM does in caring for people in poverty and who are marginalized is such a wonderful and long-standing work that has been done in the Church’s name. I was immediately drawn to it.”
The CVEM Search Committee will continue to work with the Diocese of Atlanta during this interim period to name a permanent director. The process may take between six to nine months.
During her time as interim, Martha said she plans to work closely with the Board, Staff, Volunteers, and Community to both honor the work that has been done and cast a vision for the future.
“I am looking forward to working with everyone, to listening to people’s stories and working together to create a vision and direction for this ministry,” she said.
Martha is widowed and has a daughter, a son-in-law and two step children in Atlanta. She also has a sister who is an Episcopal Priest in Mobile, Alabama.