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In this month's newsletter we are featuring one of our very own employees, Emalee McMillan. Emalee recently traveled to New York City on a Mission trip and we wanted to share a small synopsis of her experience in the city.
Emalee, what did you do in New York?
"I went to New York with an organization called Experience Mission, who partnered with the Salvation Army to serve the city all summer. We were served in a soup kitchen during the day in Harlem, lead kids clubs in the neighborhoods, and gave out essentials to homeless in the parks. We met many people and families that made lasting impacts on our lives."
Why did you go to New York?
"I believe it’s our responsibility to love and serve people in whatever way we can. It’s important to get out of our comfort zone and confront the need that exists in our world to widen our worldview and expand our empathy. I have been given abundantly so that I’m able to give freely."
What did you learn?
"I developed a deeper understanding that every person is truly valuable and needed in this world. From the man sleeping on a park bench to the businesswoman on Wall Street, each person holds equal and essential value. I never want to discredit someone for what they look like or the choices they’ve made in the past. I want to connect with people and use the knowledge and resources I have to make the world a better place. World change can feel like an insurmountable task, but entire communities start to change when you decide to connect with just one person."
How will your experience affect our community here in Texas?
"This trip greatly affected my worldview and how I approach issues in my own community. My perception of where I live and the issues that plague it evolved as I immersed myself in a place of explicit need. The same needs, addictions, poverty, and hopelessness exists in my own backyard, it’s just concealed rather than on display. Coming home, I have realized that it’s my job to become aware of what my community needs, and start making changes to positively affect our culture.
I am extremely blessed to be an employee at CPI Imaging. They have graciously allowed me to have time off in order to venture off and serve other communities as well as our own. Their support has allowed me to pursue what I’m passionate about daily."