Mercy Village Update
by Bob Cowie
It is my pleasure to give the Mercy community an update on the progress made toward the Capital Campaign.
As you may have already heard, the theme for the Capital Campaign will be “Forward in Faith”. This reflects the amazing progress that we have experienced in the last ten years – and in particular the last eighteen months – as we have gone forward with plans, expansions, and visions for the future on our faith that we are doing God’s work for His people.
I am thrilled to be able to announce that John Thrasher and Jim Horne have agreed to co-chair the campaign. Both well-known names in Clay and distinguished throughout the state, they are totally committed to the creation of Mercy Village. There aren’t two better qualified people to lead us in our efforts.
In addition, we have committed support and endorsements from the following: Senator Jennifer and Rob Bradley, Representative Sam Garrison, Former Representative Travis Cummings, all five Clay County Commissioners, Sheriff Michelle Cook, and Superintendent David Broskie. With the continued support of our churches and businesses we are poised to collectively enhance life in Clay by doubling the capacity of our self-sufficiency program, instituting our Student Self-Sufficiency Program, and providing affordable housing for seniors, veterans, and lower income workforce.
Even though all of our current and emeriti directors will be active in the campaign, board member Rick Wood has agreed to continue to oversee the day-to-day details when construction begins. Rick, a well-known and very respected developer in Northeast Florida, has been instrumental in looking out for our best interests during the civil engineering and permitting that at the time of this writing is just about complete. We could not have gotten this far, this fast, without his help and expertise, and we are most appreciative of the time he has already put into Mercy Village.
It also needs to be mentioned that we are very blessed to have the greatest team at Mercy Support Services. From our CEO, Patrick, down to our newest hires JoLynn Carter and Brandi Tubbs, each and every one of them don’t just work at Mercy – they have been called to join in what we are doing for others. Even though they spend long hours listening to the hardships that our clients face which would become disheartening and depressing to most, they cheerfully face their duties and perform above expectations. They are as excited as any of us to see the capital campaign begin and ultimately see Mercy Village become a reality.
Final editing of our campaign printed materials, a PSA announcement and informational video is almost complete. I look forward to announcing the “Forward in Faith” campaign kick-off and seeing you there. Please continue to keep Mercy Village in your thoughts and prayers and spread the word of the good work we are accomplishing with your help and the blessing of the Lord.