With more than 100 partners in attendance, Michelle Ooley presented her compelling vision of making an impact through mobile mending services. “Imagine you are homeless with only one pair of jeans, the weather is getting colder and they are in need of repair, where would you go?” began Michelle. “Now imagine you are a mother of 3, living in a shelter and in need of mending for your children, where would you turn? While I believe that’s what I’m being called to help.”
With just a little more than a year and a half behind her, Michelle has turned a single act of kindness from stitching a homeless man’s jacket into a robust ministry with national interest.
Michelle’s story involves a robust system of volunteers (240+) and processes to track clothing, inventory and supplies with more than 900 clients served. She and her volunteer seamstresses and hosts have 10 events a month, with more and more demand.
Michelle’s ask to the group- she believes she’s been called into the ministry, but with a full-time job and volunteers she’s wondering how she can continue to meet the demands of this growing ministry with the time she has.