Teresa is the Executive Director of SNM and oversees the day-to-day operations of the ministry. She meets with families, learns about their circumstances and goals, and tries to determine how best to help them. She also works with other organizations to learn about available resources to meet the needs in the community. This includes trying to bring programs and services that are usually offered in Lancaster City, to the Solanco area.
Favorite quote: “To give less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” Steve Prefontaine
In Teresa’s words…
I came to SNM in 2013 to interview the food bank coordinator for an assignment. At the time, I was working as a physician assistant, teaching at a local university and taking graduate classes. When I walked in to the ministry, I was struck by a feeling, a thought…this is a good place. There was nothing fancy about it, simple, plain, but good. After our interview, the coordinator introduced me to the director of SNM. We spoke briefly and she said she was going out on maternity leave and would not be returning. She asked if I knew anyone who might be interested in her position.
Hmmm? I thought to myself. I might be interested.
I wasn’t looking for a new job, but something about this just felt right. I arranged a meeting with the director a few days later to learn more about the ministry and her role. I really felt like God was opening a door and leading me here, so I took a leap of faith and applied for the Executive Director position.
It’s been 6 years since I first came to the ministry and I still walk in every day and feel like this is where I belong. I work with families who are struggling to meet the most basic of needs: food, clothing, shelter, etc. They often say they feel hopeless and they don’t have anyone to help them. I like to listen to their stories, learn about their situations, and help them get connected to the resources they need.
I work hard to ensure that our programs and services are meeting the needs in our community. I work with local organizations to bring services to the southern end. In fact, just this year we have been able to connect individuals with local GED classes, budget counseling, and assistance with pet food.
My path to SNM has not been a traditional one, but God’s plans are better than mine. I could not have known 6 years ago how challenging and fulfilling working here would be. I am forever thankful for the staff and volunteers who teach me something new each and every day. They lead by example and exemplify what it means to be selfless. Their kindness, service and giving hearts are truly bright spots in my day and serve as a constant reminder that despite our individual struggles, happiness comes from serving others.