Thanks to Stephen Holman, Macy’s Store Manager, for taking time out to share his thoughts on Macy’s support of Nashville Rescue Mission.
Tell me your story with respect to Nashville Rescue Mission.
Macy’s has a colleague volunteerism program called Partners in Time. As a district manager, I coordinate activities that allow store colleagues to serve in the community. Nashville Rescue Mission is one of our favorite places to serve. We’ve enjoyed serving lunch and dinner to those in need. We’ve also donated coats to those staying at the Mission through our partnership with Clothes4Souls. It’s something we do every year. Recently, Macy’s provided a grant that allowed us to give brand new undergarments to women in the Mission’s care.
Why did you first get involved with the Mission?
I grew up in a family that believes in volunteering. It’s made me very community-minded. When Macy’s relocated me to Tennessee, it was important to me that I find ways to get involved in this community and give back. Since Macy’s had already established a relationship with the Mission, I looked for ways to build upon and expand that relationship. It’s something I believe in continuing year after year.
What is the one moment that excited you the most about your involvement?
My first event at the Mission was a coat distribution as part of our Buy a Coat, Give a Coat program with Clothes4Souls. But the most exciting thing has been the interactions I’ve had with those experiencing homelessness. Through this event, we assist each individual in selecting a new coat and trying it on just like they would in a store. Sometimes they open up and share a bit of their story. The moments are brief but so meaningful.
What would you say to others who are thinking of becoming involved or making a donation to the Mission?
I think helping someone get back on their feet is one of the most meaningful things we can do in life. When you support the Mission, whether that’s through a donation or volunteering, you’re actually helping save a person’s life. Outside of working in the medical field, I’m not sure you can say that about a lot of things. It’s important work. I’m grateful to be a part of a company that values volunteering and donating.