2017-09-12 / Life

Lampasas Mission names Charlotte Holland new administrator

BY JEFF LOWE
DISPATCH RECORD

Carolyn Reed, left, and Charlotte Holland stock shelves at the Lampasas Mission last week. Mrs. Holland became administrator in August. Mrs. Reed, who formerly held the position, plans to continue volunteering at the mission.JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Carolyn Reed, left, and Charlotte Holland stock shelves at the Lampasas Mission last week. Mrs. Holland became administrator in August. Mrs. Reed, who formerly held the position, plans to continue volunteering at the mission.
JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD
After several years as Lampasas Mission administrator, Carolyn Reed is stepping out of that role and training new administrator Charlotte Holland.

Mrs. Reed has volunteered since 2009 with the mission – which provides food, hygiene items and clothing to Lampasas County residents in need. Mrs. Holland started volunteering there in the spring and became administrator Aug. 21.

The administrator is responsible for supervising, recruiting and training volunteers; overseeing fundraising; procuring needed items; and handling public relations.

On the three days each week it is open to clients, Lampasas Mission averages about 20 volunteers.

A recent report by the mission’s board of directors showed that the organization had served more than 6,000 individuals through the first seven months of 2017.

Mrs. Reed said she felt it was time to step down as administrator. She will continue to train Mrs. Holland until shortly after Thanksgiving and continue as president of the Board of Directors through the year’s end. Afterward, she plans to continue volunteering with the mission.

“Charlotte is going to do a great job,” Mrs. Reed said. “She has a temperament that gives her a real feeling for the client. And the volunteers are very, very hard-working, and they’ll help her be a success here.”

Mrs. Reed was inspired to volunteer at the mission by her late great-aunt, Lillian Harris.

Mrs. Holland’s husband is a friend of Jerry Perkins, a former pastor who leads church services twice a month at the mission.

“Jerry was telling him about the need for more volunteers, and he and I both just started volunteering,” Mrs. Holland said.

“The people here are very compassionate and very positive and just try to make people feel welcome,” she added.

Several changes have taken place within the organization in recent years.

The building on Fourth Street has undergone upgrades to improve a leaky roof, expand storage, and add air-conditioning and heat.

“We’ve started picking up the surplus food in town, which we didn’t do before,” Mrs. Reed said.

Mission staff, which is all volunteer, pick up surplus food every day from H-E-B, three times a week from Walmart and twice a week from Pizza Hut.

“We’ve instituted the commodity box program for seniors, where they get a box of food once a month,” Mrs. Reed said.

Clients are served Monday evenings, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

The mission’s church service on Mondays was added in recent years. It is not affiliated with a particular denomination. Jerry Perkins, Lanette Gehring and Chris Ortego alternate in leading the service.

Mrs. Holland mentioned a new service that will be offered at the mission twice a month, starting today. Austin Pregnancy Resource Center will bring a mobile clinic to offer pregnancy tests, sonograms, counseling and diapers. Assistance will be provided to mothers with young children in addition to pregnant women.

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