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MUST Ministries Names New CEO

Atlanta Journal & Constitution

November 28

A Day of Records for Gobble Jog

Marietta Daily Journal

November 25

Teen Helps Those in Need

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November 24

Turkey Day Their Own Way

Atlanta Journal & Constitution

November 24

New Leader Joins MUST

Marietta Daily Journal

November 22

FitBody, MUST Mark Two Years As Partners

Cherokee Tribune

November 19

Recycle That Bike, Change A Life

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November 17

Mugs in the Morning: MUST Gobble Jog

11 Alive

November 16

Gobble Gobble: Annual Event to Raise Funds for MUST

Marietta Daily Journal

November 10

Cobb Volunteers Collecting Diapers for Needy Families

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October 21

OSHA, MUST Partnership to Benefit Those in Need

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September 29

Institute Choses MUST for National Distinction

Patch.com

September 29

Recycle That Bike

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September 28

Food Fest Gives Crowds a Taste of Kennesaw

Marietta Daily Journal

September 11

Flash Mob Fills Donation Bins for Food Drive

Marietta Daily Journal

August 07

'Mob' Expected to Break Out on Marietta Square

Marietta Daily Journal

August 03

Feeding Kids when Parents, Schools Can't

CNN.com

July 14

Shining a Path of Love

Patch.com

July 3

School's Out, But Lunch Program's In Session

Patch.com

July 1

Need Rises With Temp

Marietta Daily Journal

June 30

Local Food Pantry In Need Of Donations

Fox 5 Atlanta

June 30

Food Shelves Bare at MUST

11 Alive

June 29

Church Volunteers Pack Hope With Lunch

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June 26

MUST Ministries Donations Down, Needs up

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June 21

 

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MUST Ministries announces new Chief Executive

Major charity chooses leader who is Executive, Author, Community Leader, Pastor


Piedmont Church senior minister Dr. Dwight “Ike” Reighard recently appointed new president and CEO with the appointment of MUST Ministries, the faith-based, nonprofit charity that serves close to 34,000 people struggling in poverty.

MARIETTA, GA November 21, 2011 - After months of carefully searching for a new President/Chief Executive Officer for MUST Ministries, the Board of Directors announced the selection of a uniquely qualified leader with a wide reputation for helping others. “We are pleased that Dr. Dwight (Ike) Reighard, has accepted the invitation to lead our growing ministry now serving almost 34,000 people struggling in poverty. Ike is a leader who has successfully combined business experience with ministry and has an outstanding reputation for transforming communities through serving others. He begins Nov. 21,” said Alan Lee, chairman of the Board Selection Committee.

Reighard, senior minister at Piedmont Church since 2005, has guided the building of membership and community service to a high and sustainable level. He will continue to pastor and maintain a strong relationship with his church. Previously, Reighard served as Founding Pastor of North Star Church and guided that church to unprecedented growth from 1997 until 2006. Northstar is recognized as a mega church and noted as the fastest growing church start-up in the world’s largest Protestant denomination.

In the corporate arena, Reighard served as Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer and originator of The Office of People and Culture for HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation from 2000 until 2007. Home Bank was selected and benchmarked in FORTUNE Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Places to Work in America” by the Great Places to Work Institute of San Francisco. Over the four-year span, the company ranked as high as number 14 on this most impressive list of America’s greatest workplaces. The enterprise was also selected in the top two for four straight years in the medium and large size categories as “The A+ Employers of Atlanta” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Under Reighard’s leadership, this company was nominated and won the 2006 Turknett Leadership award for Leadership Character.

“Ike brings a unique combination of business and ministry that will lead us through our ten year long-range plan,” Lee stated. “His large circle of community work will bring new people and new opportunities to MUST and help us launch initiatives to serve more of our neighbors in need. He is highly regarded and respected locally and nationally, and brings experience as a motivational speaker. Ike’s personal mission statement is ‘to help people exchange ordinary living for an extraordinary life.’ These are great qualities for a community leader who will inspire others to get involved with the mission of MUST Ministries.”
Notably, Reighard has appeared in articles and news stories in The Wall Street Journal, Inc Magazine, USA Today, The Atlanta Journal, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Magazine, Continental Inflight Magazine, HR Innovator, HR Executive, SHRM Magazine, Mortgage Banking Magazine, Workforce Management, National Public Radio, CNN, BBC, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News and others.

Among his numerous speaking engagements, he has had the privilege of speaking before the Georgia General Assembly and the United States Congress. His first official public speaking duty will be at the Thanksgiving Day Gobble Jog benefitting MUST as he offers the invocation and welcomes some 20,000 to the Marietta Square.
He has co-authored two popular daily inspirational books, “Success Insights” and “Daily Insights”, with Zig Ziglar for Tyndale House Publishing. He is also the author of “Treasures From The Dark”, “Discovering Your North Star” and “Discovering Your North Star Journal and is contributing author to Human Capital Management Strategies” (part of Aspatore’s Inside the Mind Series). He and his wife, Robin, have two grown daughters, Abigail and Danielle, and a granddaughter, Addison, who live in Cobb County. Robin is the co-owner of CRS Design Firm, a Cobb County company.

The Board’s Executive Committee also announced the promotion of Thomas E. Riddle to Chief Operating Officer (COO), while maintaining his role as VP of Administration. Tom has led the organization as Interim CEO for several months, and will now work closely with Dr. Reighard in ensuring a smooth transition and continued growth. In announcing Riddle’s promotion, Paul Lopez, the immediate past chair of the board and head of the Strategic Planning Committee, said, “Tom has made a significant, positive impact as a true servant leader from the day he joined MUST’s staff, and will continue to play a pivotal role in driving the implementation of key strategies in our plan to serve our neighbors in need across the northern area of Metro Atlanta.”
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MUST Ministries Elizabeth Inn Campus Offers Zumba Classes

Marietta, GA (November 18, 2011) Elizabeth Inn Campus Offers Zumba Classes to Female Residents
The MUST Ministries female residents at the Elizabeth Inn can now enjoy Latin-inspired music while they burn calories. Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow calorie-burning dance fitness craze moving millions of people toward better health. The classes at MUST are taught by Linda Drayton, an employee of Cobb County, every Saturday morning in the Loaves and Fishes Kitchen.

Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world’s largest and most successful dance-fitness program with more than 12 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking Zumba classes in more than 110,000 locations across more than 125 countries.
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“Shoot the hoops” donates new socks to MUST Ministries

Café Manager Lecia Hobbs of Cheatham Hill Elementary School is surrounded by students donating socks to MUST Ministries. The children rolled the socks in a ball and shot basketball hoops for fun, then gave the socks to the annual MUST Toy Shop.

Marietta, GA --- October 13, 2011--- Thousands of children in Cobb and Cherokee will wake up Christmas morning to new socks – and many other gifts - from the MUST Toy Shop, thanks in part to sock drives going on now. An event at Cheatham Hill Elementary this week helped launch the initiative and gathered 210 pairs of new socks.

Lecia Hobbs, Café Manager at the school in West Cobb started “Shoot the Hoops” three years ago with the intent to give back to the community. Every year, she creates a hand out to parents, reminding them about the project and asking for their support. After all the socks are collected, teachers and children dedicate time to roll up the new socks.

“We started doing this project right after the floods we had a few years back. I called MUST to find out what they where in need of and they said new socks are always needed. We decided that would be a good way to celebrate National School Lunch week and that is how it came about," said Hobbs. The children shoot the hoops with the socks in the school gym, and have fun while giving back to the community, she explained.

This Christmas, MUST Ministries will be giving new socks and underwear, along with toys, a family game, books, hats, scarves, gloves, stocking stuffers, blankets and school supplies to about 4, 000 children in Cobb and Cherokee Counties.
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Rare Alliance Benefits Disadvantaged in Cobb and Cherokee:
MUST Ministries and OSHA Sign Agreement

Marilyn Velez, OSHA Safety Compliance and Community Outreach and Beth Ray, MUST Ministries Education and Employment Manager, look over the official signing of an agreement between their organizations. Officially signing the agreement are Andre Richards, OSHA’s Atlanta-West Area Director, and Kelley Henderson, MUST’s VP of Program Operations.

Marietta, GA (September 27, 2011) --- A new alliance is now in the area that will provide free education courses and could put a projected 75 percent of its participants back to work within 90 days.

The collaborative alliance, signed Sept. 26, links the Education and Employment Department of MUST Ministries and the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Atlanta-West Area Office. It is only the second such partnership this office of OSHA has signed, adding to the significance. The agreement launches with a 10-hour general safety course in Oct. 24-26 and will relate to seasonal needs such as warehousing and stocking. A construction safety course in February will be ideal timing for spring and summer building work.

"The new agreement provides MUST Ministries clients, those in the faith-based community and others with information, guidance and access to training resources," according to Andre Richards, OSHA's area director. He explained that they will receive training to protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to prevalent hazards such as lifting/back injury, flammable liquids and blood borne pathogens.
Workers from low to moderate income families are a hard-to-reach population, Richards said, and MUST works with this segment of the population every day. In fact, since the recession began in 2008, MUST has helped 1,100 clients get back to work. These clients will also benefit from understanding worker's rights and the responsibilities of employers under the OSHA Act. "We'll teach occupational safety and standards," he continued.

"These valuable tools will be complemented with soft skills to help potential workers integrate into the workplace," according to MUST's Education and Employment Manager for Cobb County, Beth Ray. The soft skills will include some important training in resume writing, job expectations, job readiness and interview skills. She said anger management, communications and goal setting will also be taught to develop stronger employees.

In an effort to provide a safer and more productive workplace in the area, the partnership will help job readiness, an important aspect for those living in poverty being served by MUST. Those who complete the course will not only receive a 10-hour safety card to present to prospective employers, but also a pair of steel-toed work shoes. According to Ray, not having the right shoes can be a barrier to employment that this course will overcome.

This new training program is being supported by area businesses as well. CW Matthews Contracting Co. and Ready Mix USA are among the local employers getting involved with MUST to help build a stronger base of prospects for the workforce.

"In accordance with our ten-year strategic plan at MUST, we are expanding our curriculum," Ray stated. The courses will be taught by local businesses so it will resemble a first interview as employers and prospective employees meet for the first time in class. She said that MUST will possibly further add to the curriculum with food handling, customer service and other related topics at a later date.

Anyone interested in this free training should complete an application at MUST and complete the Georgia Work Ready test online through Chattahoochee Technical College (www.gaworkready.org). According to Dir. Of Economic Development for Chattahoochee Tech Jonathan Warner, this type of program makes sense for Georgia. "We need these programs to stimulate our economy and Georgia Work Ready is a good tool to help employers identify those people who are ready to work."

The new OSHA-MUST training program will be accepting 15 students in each class, including some residents from MUST's permanent supportive housing program. All graduates will be tracked for six months to measure sustainability and the effectiveness of the training.
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MUST Ministries, celebrating its 40th anniversary,is a faith-based, 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing services to persons and families in crisis while maintaining their dignity. MUST provides food, clothing, housing, education/employment and access to healthcare for your neighbors in need. For more information, visit www.MUSTMinistries.org or www.facebook.com/MUSTMinistries.

 

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Institute Chooses MUST for National Distinction

Marietta, GA (September 20, 2011) --- After a rigorous 18-month application process, MUST Ministries has been awarded Certification by the Standards of Excellence Institute. Only one other Georgia charity has achieved this level and only 230 organizations in America have met these stringent standards.
The national initiative promotes the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management and operations. The accreditation process reviews the organization’s ability to demonstrate adherence to eight guiding principles measured against 55 performance standards.

“We are honored to receive such a rarely awarded certification,” said Andrew Riddle, Chairman of the Board. “The selection encourages us to continue self- improvement and assessment to maintain such a select standard.”

According to Kelley Henderson, VP of Program Operations, “The Standards set a high benchmark to quantify how well managed and responsibly governed nonprofits should operate.” Henderson, who led this effort for MUST, said, “We are considered an early adopter of these standards for our area, and will be a resource for our peers and community organizations who aspire to this level of accountability.”

The recognition increases credibility among public and private donors, increases funder confidence and affirms MUST’s role as a community leader. The award also recognizes established best practices, promoting a proactive and sustainable model of service.
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“The doctor will see you now” Takes on New Meaning at MUST Ministries

Marietta, GA (September 14, 2011) --- An innovative approach to medical care is making a dramatic difference in the lives of those living at the Elizabeth Inn, the emergency shelter of MUST Ministries. In the past, clients with mental health or substance abuse problems usually spent as much as eight weeks waiting to see a psychiatrist for medication and the journey back to stability. Today, a telemed system allows a client and doctor to see each other via a laptop camera just days after a nurse assessment.

According to Francis Braxton, Elizabeth Inn Shelter Manager, the problem has been that a nurse assessed patients, and then the wait to see a physician was so long that clients had already left the shelter. “By then, patients often didn’t show up for appointments, didn’t have transportation or were back out on the street in an unstable condition. Now, a nurse from Cobb and Douglas Community Services Board (CDCSB) assesses them on Friday and they see a doctor via computer on Tuesday. They can get their medicine and begin to get stable while in our program."

Another important benefit is that clients need a physician to establish a mental health diagnosis so they can apply for supportive housing. Now those living in homelessness who have a mental issues – often depression or anxiety – can move forward with an application for stable housing. In addition, clients who use the day services are also eligible for the telemed program, a pilot between CDCSB and MUST Ministries that could lead to duplication nationally, both partners agree.

“We’ve seen an increase in mental health patients coming into the program,” said Judy Masching, RN, MS, LPC with CDCSB, “because of state mental health hospitals closing, particularly the one in Rome.” CDCSB annually provides mental health, development disability and substance abuse services to more than 10,000 residents of Cobb and Douglass Counties. She is assessing about 5 patients a week at MUST and says this new telemed program is a tremendous help because patient can get stabilized mentally. Mental stability can lead to jobs, housing, better relationships and other benefits.
“The program is going so well that we’re getting referrals from other clients now,” she said. “Most people want the help, but the system has been broken. Another factor is that homelessness is being looked at entirely differently today” because we understand more and we realize so many new people have fallen into that category.

She is encouraged by the successes she is seeing and believes the program can expand. “One man came in with substance abuse and because of his past history, I wondered if he could make it. But he did. He told me it was the best thing he ever did. He is on his way to getting his life together,” she said with a smile. “Another client came here to MUST from the hospital and was in terrible shape, unkempt too. She got in our program and started going to group therapy, taking her medication and today she has blossomed. She’s transformed mentally and physically."

Clients often stop moving forward because they get disappointed and the system was too slow, she explained. “We help them set short term goals they can achieve and use telemed to get them in front of a doctor quickly. Then we move them into group therapy for depression, anger management, bipolar or trauma through the county mental health groups. They get free samples of their medications if we have them or low-cost prescriptions from the health department. Sometimes our clients don’t even have $4 for medicine and pay for bus fare to get it. We wish we had a fund to help them,” she lamented.
Despite some of the obstacles to overcome, the telemed program has launched with positive anticipation at both MUST and the CDCSB. “There was no real system in place before,” stated Braxton. “This telemed system is superb. It’s pure elation on their faces when they get to talk to a psychiatrist and there are no bills for their appointment. They are getting treatment that is well-needed and well-deserved. We offer the service and never force it, but most people want it. We’re so pleased we have a new way of helping people and are seeing exciting results."