Erica Reid- Friends of the Children – Charlotte Program Director
I wake up every morning determined to make a positive difference. Being a member of the Thompson family helps me fulfill my personal mission. “Thompson is called to serve through healing, teaching, worship, and play.” The organization’s mission proves that bettering the lives of others can take on many forms. I realize that what I do is just one piece of the puzzle, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute.
I am Thompson because I believe in impacting youth, strengthening families, and building communities.
Mary Pearce- Youth Partner
I am the Youth Partner for the new Thompson Connect program. My mission is to try and help adolescent girls find their voice and ultimately to help them achieve their goals in life. I help set them up with people and outside programs based on their interests that can better support them and serve them to maintain sustained stability outside of the program. I love my job because I love helping girls build their self-confidence and celebrating their victories with them. I am proud to say that I work for Thompson because my values line up so closely with the Thompson values of advocacy, building trust, and collaboration.
Sarah Wagner- Donor Engagement Manager
The best part of my job are the stories I hear. The stories I witness, and the stories I get to be a part of telling in some small way. I have met the most amazing people with the most remarkable stories that will stick with me forever. And I’m not just talking about our clients. I’m talking about staff and what brought them to Thompson. I’m talking about board members and their journeys. I’m talking about donors who have surprising paths that led them to Thompson. I am Thompson because I love working with people who care deeply about their work. Those who are in touch with their why.
Mark Eberhardt- Behavior Intervention Specialist
If I am successful in what I do, parents experience more joy in raising children without feeling frustrated, lost & alone. Boys and girls experience adults who are responsive, caring, & understand how they are unique. Families & professionals learn how to advocate and demand required resources for children’s care. What I do presents many challenges in keeping lines of communication open. If everyone involved shares in this work, we are all rewarded with children who are resilient and thrive.
Cody Thomas- Director of IT
I know that making tasks more efficient, fixing problems that prevent staff from doing their jobs, and supporting them in any way lets them focus more on what really matters: the clients. I want to be someone who can be depended on to be there when needed and to have a solution. I want our staff to have faith in our department and understand that we honestly care about the work they do and to not be afraid to tell us when we can do something to help. I am Thompson because I solve problems in order to create opportunities.
Most of my clients don’t receive positive affirmation — that they have a purpose & if they work hard, they can become self-sufficient and good parents. I try to plant a seed of hope in each client that will ultimately change how they communicate with their children and loved ones. Life can become frustrating when you don’t have any options except to struggle through life. When a family starts the work of healing, they begin to think and act differently. I am Thompson because I am strong in confidence and support for families.
Thompson means working for a great organization that is dedicated to helping kids in need. I believe in a commitment to serving struggling children, in family restoration, and in a faith in God. Thompson and I share these values and so much more. I want to be part of a success story, to know that Thompson has helped improve the life of a child and their family. I am Thompson because I stand for continuing to improve the lives of children so we can write that success story.