Bragg takes over as new director
A face familiar to many across Union County will now be responsible for helping the Community Shelter bounce back. Kathy Bragg has been named as the organization’s new executive director.
“I was honored to be asked to lead this organization and am excited to build on what I have learned through my many years of experience in nonprofit work,” Bragg said.
Bragg was the Director of the Union County Chapter of the American Red Cross for eleven years before she accepted this new position. Bragg affirmed, “I was sad to leave such great work and great people, but I really began to see how this could be a rewarding new challenge for me, and It was really appealing to me to take on this challenge and further help out with my community.”
Bragg’s position at the Community Shelter will be very similar to her past experience in managing nonprofit organizations. She will be working closely with the board of directors establishing policies and procedure. She plans to get started on new projects right away; her main objective is to raise community awareness.
“My plan is to engage the community more, and one way to do that is by letting them know the services that we offer,” Bragg said. “Many people aren’t aware of this, but we feed the community 3 times a day. We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so anyone off the street can come in and get a hot meal.” The organization also provides a housing program for the public, where they house those in need as well as help people attain the skills necessary for them to find employment and to achieve self sufficiency. They also provide transitional housing for struggling families as well as sponsor a clothing give-away once a month.
“We hope to do a lot more in the future in order to increase our community support and to be able to grow with the services that we have here,” Bragg said. “As of right now we are limited in what we can do in some of these areas, but as we grow our financial and community support we will be able to increase our capacity. We have big hopes and dreams to develop more solutions to help our community, and I know it’s going to take a lot of hard Work and great support from everyone.”
Many non profits are struggling during these hard economic times but when ask about this, Bragg appeared very hopeful. She responds that “all non profits are struggling a little at the moment, but one great aspect of this community shelter is that we have very strong partnership with church communities. ”Several church groups come in to volunteer their time and help out alongside the organization.
Bragg invites Union County residents to get involved, and is grateful for those groups and individuals with the desire to make a difference in the lives of others within their community.
Money donations are greatly appreciated so that the organization can fund its needs. Anyone can make a donation to the UCCS by visiting 311 E. Jefferson Street, Monroe, NC 28112 or calling 704-289-5300.