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2016 Year-end Outcomes Report

For over 40 years Mountain T.O.P. has been continuing to meet the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the Cumberland Mountain people and will continue to do so until God has other plans. We were made for this.


A word from Eric Savaiano,

Board of directors chairman Mountain TOP Community,

Thanks for taking a minute to open this report. It is full of numbers and statistics about Mountain T.O.P.’s work but I assure you it is not dull. In each number there are stories of hope and change, hard work and partnership, kindness and learning. Putting each one down on paper would fill up a book! Using the numbers this way you can see our impact at a glance and let us direct you to a few examples along the way. Our theme this year was MADE. At camp, volunteers were reminded that we were MADE for God. But events of the year have also caused us to consider some questions ourselves: what was Mountain T.O.P. MADE for? How do we know we’re doing it? Can we do more? Our hope is that this report and the stories behind it show that we are in fact doing what we were MADE to do, and doing it because that is what God has called us to do. We are serving, loving, leading, making a difference, and being involved with our community while we focus our eyes on God and His people. Please read on to learn more about how Mountain T.O.P.’s doing what we were MADE to do. With each page, remember the churches, youth, and county families whose stories they represent and love they go down the mountain to share. Thanks for reading! With Love, Eric Savaiano Mountain TOP Board Chair


Outcomes-Based Ministry Mountain T.O.P. has always considered feedback to be a gift, and we are making great strides in collecting more of it. We desire to be an outcomes-based ministry. All programs that Mountain T.O.P. offers center around a Logic Model, which identifies a mission for the specific program and our short-term and longterm outcomes. Logic Models give us a direction for the questions on our surveys and evaluations, which are the main ways we collect data. We administer evaluations to all volunteer to gather feedback on their experience and how it impacted them. We give surveys to homeowners and the participants of our day camp programs to measure growth and impact.

Foundational Objective To meet the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the Cumberland Mountain people.

Our 5 Focus Areas • Eliminating Substandard Housing: to provide direct services and organizational support that addresses severe housing issues in our service area • Leadership: to foster growth among staff, participants, donors, and the community • Community Development: to engage in solutions with community partners for holistic and sustainable community growth • Education: to provide and support opportunities for lifelong learning and personal growth for all ages • Health: to promote lifestyles that support healthy choices


Made for This - by Trish Holliday Leadership lessons from my dad

Going fishing with my Dad was one of my favorite things to do as a child. The most anticipated time of the year for me was my annual fishing trip with my Dad. Months before going on the trip we would banter back and forth as to who would catch the largest fish and the most fish. There were many leadership lessons I learned, here are two.

The first lesson I learned fishing with my Dad was the blessing of relationships. Dad taught me that everyone has value and deserves respect. He taught me how important it is to tell and show others what they mean to you and how special they are in your life. Every year, at o’dark thirty, in our fishing boat, at our favorite fishing spot on the lake, my Dad demonstrated to me through his actions what it means to make someone feel special. While there were many more times in my life than these fishing trips when my Dad made me feel special, our fishing moments represent the cherished feeling of specialness in my father’s eye. I learned through his modeling not just how but why it is a leader’s responsibility to help others discover how special they are and to let them know it. I know now this is the essence of great leadership and to know you are “MADE FOR THIS” thing called leadership. The second leadership lesson I learned fishing with my Dad was the significance of encouragement and celebration. I remember my Dad telling me to have patience and wait for the fish to bite. Even when patience was not present, he would encourage me to follow through with the plan because the excitement of catching a fish is worth the wait. I can recall his smile in my mind when my line would get a nibble and the pure joy that would come across his face when I hooked a fish. He would cheer me on when I would reel that fish in and the celebration that would occur when I got the fish in the boat. Throughout my life, he has always been my cheerleader, my champion even when it felt no one else was encouraging me. I learned then how and why it is important to cheer for others and encourage others through times of challenge and times of joy. Dad was life’s greatest cheerleader and I learned that great leaders know how to cheer others to success and help them know they are “MADE FOR THIS” leadership journey. While there are many more leadership lessons I could share from fishing with my Dad, the most prominent were personal accountability, preparing yourself and others, the blessing of relationships, and encouraging and celebrating others. As far as I can tell, through all of my studies and life’s experiences, these leadership lessons I learned at an early age still embody the essence of great leadership and the foundation from which all else comes. Fishing with my Dad became a metaphor for our life calling together to serve others. As the founder of Mountain T.O.P. ministry, he wanted to create a place in the world where youth, young adults, adults, and children learned what it meant to serve others. His vision began with the end in mind as we would always talk about the importance of creating a program that was not about one person but about serving others and enriching the lives of those who come to serve and those to whom service is given. This is what my Dad was “MADE OF” as he envisioned a ministry that transcended the present and became a symbol of hope and a model of service that others could continue wherever they are in the world. MTOP is made to continue the story of providing a place where people learn how to prepare themselves for ministry, learn how to be accountable to themselves and others, learn how to champion those who need encourage and support, and discover the blessings of relationships formed in Christ. This is what we are “MADE TO DO” in this life!


“Dad was life’s greatest cheerleader and I learned that great leaders know how to cheer others to success and help them know they are MADE FOR THIS leadership journey.”

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I finally realized who he was: I finally realized that George the cook and George Bass the Executive Director of Mountain T.O.P. were the same person. Well, it was to me such a marvelous example of servant leadership and at that point I decided this is the ministry that I want to be a part of.

Will there ever be a way to know how many lives George made better? I don’t know... but I do know that this life will be forever grateful to have had the priceless blessing of getting to walk with you for a while, George. Thank you. Thank God for you.

This August, Mountain T.O.P. lost our founder and first executive director, George Bass. We are grateful to his daughter, Trish Holliday, for writing a tribute to his life and legacy. He will forever be remembered for his faithful service and vision for this ministry.


Spring BreakOut The perfect alternative In February and March, we offer an alternative spring break option for church groups and college students. Groups spend two days in camp working on our facilities and two days in the county working with local families. We depend on Spring BreakOut (SBO) groups to help keep our facilities operable year-round. Without the gracious labor and hard work of volunteers, the large amount of facility renovation needed annually would not be accomplished easily. SBO volunteers also have the option in participating in in-camp programming led by our fulltime staff. Inspired by their participation in SBO, we desire for our volunteers to have an increased cross-cultural awareness and to increase their involvement in local missions. We are excited to report that SBO is effective in inspiring participants to serve more at home and come back to serve with us on the Mountain. Two of this year’s SBO participants have served Mountain T.O.P. in new ways! Audrey and Eva were both Ohio State University students and came with a campus ministry called H20 this spring. Audrey served with Americorp VISTA at Mountain T.O.P. over the summer. She worked with our Day Camp program and assisted with data entry and analysis. Eva is currently serving as a yearlong Americorp VISTA as the Weatherization Network Coordinator. Check out our Community Involvement section for more about her project.

My most meaningful experience was just being able to have a quiet time in the morning and really see the beauty of God’s creation

My most meaningful experiences came from the group worships at the end of the night. They’re a great way to connect with my group and other groups, as well a put our work in a Biblical perspective.

[My most meaningful experience was] meeting Edna and Dave - my ideas about poverty were short-sighted: I expected to see a dilapidated home, but their possessions and demeanor were very much normal. I loved seeing their perspective on life, love, and Jesus.


Our SBO groups come from across the country!

Desired Percentage of SBO-ers who Outcomes agree and strongly agree that... Increased interest in local missions

78%

they feel compelled to continue engaging in service to others at home

Increased cross-cultural experiences

93%

they experienced crosscultural awareness by their engagement in the community

* these numbers represent volunteers who ranked a 8, 9, or 10 on a 1 - 10 scale.

Home is often identified as the place where your heart is. My Spring BreakOut experience through MTOP convinced me that home is where your heart beats the strongest. Seven small days were not enough for me to finally feel at home in service and community. Through The Ohio State University, I utilized my Spring Break to spend a week at Cumberland Pines for MTOP’s Spring Breakout session. My entire life I had been looking for a place to fully dive into service. I wanted to do something BIG. Luckily, Tennessee was waiting for me. After spending a week building a shed for a woman named Deborah with my church, I knew I couldn’t leave a place that paved God’s way with love and laughter. I finally found what I had been chasing after which is why I applied for a VISTA experience at camp. Upon my acceptance, I was thrilled to spend 8 more weeks at a truly transformation organization. MTOP was the first step to a life of service, and I am forever grateful for the life camp brought into my world. I was granted the VISTA position and in late May, I drove up, up, and, up some more to plant my heart and goals in Southern soil. MTOP changed me in the same way I watched it change others.


Family Weekend Why it’s important Our vision for Family Weekend is for families to serve and worship together, for a value of service to be passed from generation to generation, and to give families the opportunity to learn from each other. As with any of our programs, we want our volunteers to have a cross-cultural experience and to increase their social connectedness. But, with Family Weekend we also desire for our families to be inspired to engage in more inter-family discipleship and be leaders in their home churches. We want to create a culture of family units serving together, leading together, and growing together. Family Weekend is a three or four day experience offered in the spring and summer. Volunteers spend one or two days in service, doing home repair projects that suit the ages and experiences of the family. In the evening, Mountain T.O.P. staff provides customized programming to help families process their experiences in sharing and worship.

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children. • Matthew 19:14


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[Our most meaningful experience was] meeting the family and seeing the difference we were able to make in their home and providing friendship and fellowship to enhance their day and their lives. It certainly enhanced ours. Talking with the families that we served and hearing their stories and ways of life. This really gave us a new perspectives on life and they way we live.

Desired Percentage of families who Outcomes agree and strongly agree that... Increased interest in local missions

97%

they feel compelled to continue engaging in service to others at home

Increased cross-cultural experiences

91%

they experienced crosscultural awareness by their engagement in the community * these numbers represent volunteers who ranked a 4 or 5 on a 1 - 5 scale.


Summer Re-Cap A little bit more

The summer season at Mountain T.O.P. is full of inspiring individuals and stories. It’s the time of the year we see the most volunteers, complete a large number of projects, and are able to run our day camp programs. As we strive to be an outcomes-based ministry, we are particularly interested in how Mountain T.O.P. has a long-term impact on people’s lives. By capturing a few of the stories, we are sure that the work we do really does provide so many opportunities to change lives. We are indeed grateful for all of our volunteers and staff. They make it all happen. We don’t want to let the quantity of people serving to overshadow the quality individuals that we get to work with. It is through these dedicated individuals that we, as a ministry, are able to make the impact that we do. There are many stories we could share with you—stories of hope and accomplishment and restoration—but these three we find especially exciting! We are thankful they are living out what it means to be made in God’s image and carry out their calling.

Tori Campbell Junior Apprenticeship Ministry (JAM) staffer

JAM employs a handful of local young people in a part-time position during the summer. It’s three-faceted nature gives young people the opportunity to grow in their understanding of wellness, spiritual and leadership development, and professionalism. For the second summer, Tori has participated in the Junior Apprenticeship Ministry (JAM) program. Tori recently graduated from Grundy County High School and is now a college freshman at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and she studies secondary education with a focus on history. She is pictured in red in the photo below.

I have been honored to be a part of the JAM program for the two summers that it was available to me. Through this program, I have gained skills and friends that I will be able to carry with me throughout me life. Not only has this program strengthened my skill set for my future, it has strengthened my relationship with God. I am so thankful that Mountain T.O.P. has become a part of my life and I cannot wait to share what I have learned. I think the biggest thing I learned was seeing God was working through everyday tasks that before JAM, I would’ve thought to be pointless.


Abby Mainzer

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a summer program that offers small churches and/or churches in our service area an affordable mission experience, in their own backyard.

former NHN camper, turned summer staffer

Before serving on summer staff this year as a Service Project Ministry Coordinator, Abby Mainzer was a volunteer in Neighbors Helping Neighbors. For three years, Abby came to Mountain T.O.P. with her church Morton Memorial United Methodist Church from Monteagle, Tennessee. Abby is now a freshman at Oklahoma City University. She is majoring in biology and is on the women’s wrestling team.

My experiences at Mountain T.O.P.’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors camp weeks left me with a desire to serve on summer staff. It was at Neighbors Helping Neighbors that I discovered my love for helping others. It also taught me that I wanted to strengthen my relationship with God. I wanted to be on Mountain T.O.P. summer staff because it would allow me to make a positive impact in my community by pursuing my passion for helping others while growing in my faith.

Austin Gunter former Day Camper, turned summer VISTA

Austin Gunter grew up in the army with his parents and would visit his grandparents in Grundy County in the summertime. It was then he would come to Mountain T.O.P.’s Day Camp. Austin was able to reconnect with Mountain T.O.P. through the South Cumberland Plateau Americorp. VISTA program. This summer, Austin served alongside the Day Camp staffs, created a video project that was instrumental to our summer giving day, and helped with data entry. Now as a senior in college at Lee University studying digital media with an emphasis on studio production, Austin reflects on how Mountain T.O.P. had an impact on his life.

Growing up in Grundy, I have always been affected by poverty. Not so much as directly, but by seeing my friends in school struggle to get by. At the time, I was a day camp kid at Mountain T.O.P. Not understanding the true purpose of Mountain T.O.P.’s vision, I just simply loved the atmosphere and friendship. Now as senior in college, I fully understand what Mountain T.O.P. is striving for. I want to be apart of something that is greatly impacting my community.


Fall Adults in Ministry

A cool season

Adults in Ministry (AIM) is a unique mission experience seeking to bring adults (18+) from all over the country together. The AIM program helps to plant seeds of change in the hearts and minds of Grundy County residents. Since its formation in 1989, AIM has been continuously seeking ways to make a lasting impact. Each weekend in October we offer mission opportunities over a long weekend. During the evenings, Mountain T.O.P. staff facilitate community sharing and worship for volunteers to reflect on their experience and grow in their passion for ministry. This fall, our volunteers noted that working with the family and getting to know the members of their Ministry Production Team were their most meaningful experiences while on the worksite. We love the relationship-building aspect that comes from, together, meeting the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the people with whom we come into contact.

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Being able to serve and being served by our families has been a blessing in my life. It reminds me of the importance of sharing God’s love with everyone. Mountain T.O.P. has been a big part of our children and many children in our community’s lives. It does make a permanent impact and it is a experience no one forgets! The things we learn from MTOP and the fellow campers impact our lives tremendously.

This is where I learned the meaning of grace and what it means to be a servant leader.

Our volunteers come from across the country!


Desired Percentage of AIM volunteers Outcomes who agree it’s very true that... Increased cross-cultural experiences

88%

their time in the county helped broaden their horizons

Increased volunteers who serve at home

91%

they are ready to continue service in the valley belo-o-o-ow * these numbers represent volunteers who ranked a 4 on a 1 - 4 likert scale.

5th Annual Fall Festival

For five years, Mountain T.O.P. has hosted a Fall Festival for the local community. This community event led by the community. It is an opportunity for families to be together, have fun, and prepare for the cold weather. For the entrance price of $1 or one canned food item, participants can receive coats, books, winter accessories, face painting, lunch, enjoy live music, and more! Local organizations and Mountain T.O.P. volunteers provide all the donations and services available at the Fall Festival. This year we welcomed 428 people and received 398 canned food items and $172.20 in entrance partnerships! By the end of the day we had plenty of wonderful stories of finding the perfect coat or pair of shoes. We are so thankful for generous donors, hardworking volunteers, and a God who always provides!


Major Home Repair Eliminating substandard housing From the beginning, Mountain T.O.P. set out to meet the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the people in Grundy County, Tennessee: building porches, clearing brush, painting houses and actively interacting with the people of this area. Throughout the years, there were more requests for repairs that were beyond the scope of a traditional Youth Summer Ministry project. With so many needs being expressed, it was obvious Mountain T.O.P. had to do something to help. The MHR program allows Mountain T.O.P. to take on vital structural repairs and renovations of local homes that would not be possible otherwise. As you will see below, we complete projects that create safe surroundings and healthy environments, and preserve the existing resources all with an end-goal of improving the condition of the home. So, back to those four needs. MHR takes care of the apparent physical need. But the other three are met when the staff and volunteers get to spend time building relationships with the homeowners. Through mid-day daybreaks, prayers, and frequent conversation, our volunteers and families truly get to build relationships in a short time. Many of our MHR projects extend throughout several seasons, giving the full-time staff plenty of time to really get to know the family and their stories.

We want to eliminate substandard housing because we believe that everyone should have a decent home.

Housing standards

Types of repairs

Standard

Access to all entrances of home; interior of home is safe, dry, weatherized; home structure is well preserved from the environment

Safe Surroundings

We want to provide safe access to homes through porches, wheelchair ramps, landings with stairs, and electrical safety.

Substandard

House is inaccessible from one or more entrances; home surroundings unhealthy characterized by overgrown brush, debris in yard; home is not weatherized; home exterior is not protected from the environment; interior of home is unhealthy

Healthy Environments

We create a healthier environment by doing yard work, cleaning, plumbing, sheds, HVAC, roofing and general repairs.

Severe

A mobile home manufactured before 1976; or Resource one or more of the 4 these issues: housing unit Preservation lacks complete kitchen facilities, housing unit lacks complete plumbing facilities, household is severely overcrowded (more than 1.5 persons per room), household is severely cost burdened (monthy housing costs exceeds 50% of monthly income).

We protect what materials already exist at a home. Through painting, staining, washing windows, kool seal, and cleaning, the life of resources are extended.


The 4 Percentage of families who Needs agree or strongly agree that... Spiritual Emotional Social Physical

100% 100% 100% 100%

group devotionals and prayer helped them feel more connected MTOP staff and volunteers met their emotional needs MTOP staff and volunteers were sociable and friendly they were satisfied with the work that MTOP did

* these numbers represent only families who were surveyed in the Fall AIM season


Volunteer Impact

Made to serve Just as are created in the image of God, we are made to serve just like he did. And being a volunteer at Mountain T.O.P. means being one of many contributing to the greater mission of serving others. We want to show you the numbers and put into perspective just how great of an impact this ministry has on the Cumberland Mountain community. For each of our programs you will see the number of volunteers, number of hours, and total volunteer value in dollars. The Independent Sector values an hour of volunteer labor as $20.92, in the state of Tennessee. We know that as we strive to meet not just the physical needs, but the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the people around us, these numbers represent all that a volunteer can offer: a hug, a prayer, a conversation, hope, love.

Spring BreakOut

Family Weekends

M I N I S T R Y T O T A L S 2,372 61,391 1,284,299.72 Service Retreats

277

142

195

7,024.5 146,952.54

1,432 29,957.44

1,927 40,312.84

Facility Work Weekends*

Adults in Ministry

Youth Summer Ministry*

54

243

1,461

1,296 27,112,32

4,569 95,583.48

45,142.5 944,381.10

*numbers include Friends Weekend and Baker Work Weekend

*numbers include Youth Summer Ministry, Fish Camp and Neighbors Helping Neighbors


What do these numbers really look like?

Because of our volunteers engage in both home repair projects and our day camp programs, we want to be transparent about how these thousands of hours of volunteer labor are translating into real activities. It’s easy to get lost in really big numbers, but we hope to break them down into something that is easy to wrap your minds around. We are highlighting only two of our ministries below: Youth Summer Ministry (including Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Fish Camp), and Adults in Ministry, which serves in the summer and fall.

Minor Home Repair

Major Home Repair

Between YSM, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and Fish Camp, we had 1,228 volunteers contribute 37,686.5 volunteer hours to minor home repair projects at 391 different homes. Their volunteer labor is worth $788,401.58.

Between the summer and fall seasons, we saw 196 Adults in Ministry (AIM) volunteers who contributed 3,414 volunteer hours to major home repair projects at 9 different homes. Their volunteer labor is worth $71,420.88.

> This means, on average, $2,016.37 worth of volunteer labor goes into each home with minor repairs during our summer programs!

> This means, on average, $7,925.65 worth of volunteer labor goes into each home with major repairs during our AIM seasons!

These figures represent thousands of dollars worth of volunteers learning new construction skills for the first time, relationships being built, a family having a safe and healthy living environment, resources being preserved, and the love of Christ being shared.

Child & Youth Programs Between YSM and AIM, we had 250 volunteers contribute 8,051 volunteer hours in order for 225 different children and youth to participate in our day camps. The total volunteer labor that is put into our day camp programs is $168,426.92. > This means, on average, $573.68 worth of volunteer labor is invested in each local young person who attends! This figure represents hundreds of dollars worth of volunteers exposing local children to new experiences in their own community, young people being encouraged and loved, gaining confidence, growing relationships, and learning about the love of Christ.

A volunteer hour isn’t just about the craft that was completed or the porch that was built—it’s also about the relationships that were formed and the experiences that were had. This is the core of life-changing ministry.


Community Involvement, part I Just like we encourage all of our volunteers at the end of their time on the Mountain to go and make disciples in the Valley, we have a way of bringing the light and love of Christ in our community all year around. We acknowledge that we were made to have an impact on the people around us everyday. In a lot of ways, Mountain T.O.P. is a backbone nonprofit for the South Cumberland plateau. We have a lot of social capital that, until rather recently, hadn’t fully been tapped into. Only in the last few years have we really begun leveraging the existing relationships and building new ones. We want to show you how we are each of our Five Focus Areas aligns with our community involvement. One unique thread that runs through many of our involvements is our partnership with Sewanee: the University of the South, the South Cumberland Community Fund, and Americorp. VISTA. Mountain T.O.P. is in its third year of hosting Americorp. VISTAs who help build the capacity of our organization.

POWER Focus Area: eliminating substandard housing

South Cumberland POWER is a network that aims to reduce the financial burden of utility bills and promote energy conservation. POWER offers in-home energy audits, weatherization repairs, and energy efficiency workshops. In 2014, POWER began as a collaboration between Mountain T.O.P., Housing Sewanee, and Mid Cumberland Ministries. The goal was to pair organizations that provide bill-pay assistance with those that can provide a long term solution of weatherization and home modification. Mountain T.O.P. is a network member to expand its ability to provide a comprehensive approach to home repair. Beginning in January, POWER will be providing a series of after school educational programs in a few local elementary schools. Eva Allibone, a former SBO volunteer, is now one of Mountain T.O.P.’s two Americorp. VISTAs. As the Weatherization Network coordinator, Eva is responsible for managing home audits, volunteers, funding, and community partnerships.

I wanted to get involved with Mountain T.O.P. because I loved meeting the homeowners and hearing their stories. It made me want to get involved with the community in a bigger way. I love that I get the chance to help Mountain T.O.P. extend its abilities to serve this community by working with the POWER Network.

SC Learning & Development Project Focus Area: community development

Officially named the South Cumberland Learning and Development Center (SCLDC), the old Grundy County High School project seeks to link people to wellness resources under one roof. Mountain T.O.P. became involved with the initiative because we desire to support efforts that increase our own capacity to address needs from within. Acting as a hub, the SCLDC will offer job training and health education, as well as reinforce community connections. Though the old high school building has stood proudly for 75 years, it is in need of repair before it can be utilized. Led by the town of Tracy City, a group of local organizations and elected officials began the hard work to revitalize the building while concurrently planning for necessary programs. SCLDC promises to be a hub of healthy living resources, including physical and behavioral health, education, social support, and economic development.


Connecting the Dots Focus Area: education

Connecting the Dots is a collaborative group of individuals who have an interest of connecting what the children of Grundy County are learning during the school year with summer and after-school programs. Mountain T.O.P. is excited to be part of this collaborative because of our interactions with children through Day Camp. We want to make sure the students are continuously learning and preparing for the upcoming school year. Connecting the Dots works with local school teachers to allow them to provide them feedback about what curriculum they would like to see their kids continue to learn throughout the summer. By working in conjunction with local educators, we can gather feedback about how to continue to build a more cohesive approach for community youth education programs. We’re also thankful to have Jennifer Horton, former Mountain T.O.P. Communication & Assessment VISTA, working as a VISTA at Swiss Memorial Elementary School. Relationships like this one are invaluable to us as we continue our collaborative efforts with the local school system.

Mountain T.O.P. fosters so many unique connections with community partners. This keeps Mountain T.O.P. involved in the community beyond summer programs. It was an incredible experience to be able to attend outreach events as a VISTA in my Mountain T.O.P. polo because those events gave me the chance to reconnect with home repair families and day campers I worked with the previous summer. As a second year VISTA in this community, I am grateful for the relationships that Mountain T.O.P. has allowed me to form with my community partners and families!

SC Health Network Focus Area: health

You do not have to dig very far to discover that, in the state of TN, Grundy County is 95th out of 95 counties in health outcomes (according to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). With great support from the University of the South’s Office of Civic Engagement, a group of people formed with the mission to improve the health and quality of life for the people of the region through the coordination of health care systems. Recognizing that housing is a social determinant of health, Mountain T.O.P. currently sits on the steering committee. As the network has been formalizing, it has been the leader in assisting qualified residents to apply for healthcare under the Affordable Healthcare Act, and led a series of community conversations that explored perceptions of health and access to healthcare, using the findings to direct future projects. The next phase of the network’s work will include high level coordination with all of the major healthcare systems in Grundy County as well as our local healthcare assets.


Community Involvement, Part II Servant leadership in action Mountain T.O.P.’s final focus area is leadership. We desire to foster growth among staff, participants, and the community. In any of our programs, we see the countless opportunities for participants to grow themselves as leaders. Ministry-wide we talk about the importance of being a servant leader: to lead like Jesus led. Whether it’s praying in front of a group for the first time, public speaking, leading a YRG on a worksite, stepping into a new staff position, or being on the Board of Directors, we want to provide the space for anyone to improve their leadership skills no matter their experience. The Board of Directors is a team of some of Mountain T.O.P.’s biggest supporters. Board members come to us as former and current volunteers or as former summer staff members. We look to our Board as leaders in fundraising as they spearhead our major campaigns. The Board is also at the helm of setting the ministry’s mission and vision. We rely on the Board to discern where the ministry is going and how we are going to get there as they make the vital decisions. Members also participate in sub-committees, which are listed with their names and the places they call home to the right. Before the summer of 2015, the Board began the process to establish a three-year strategic plan for the ministry. An outside consultant was brought in, critical discussions were had, and a plan developed. The Board of Directors was responsible for setting the goals and the full-time staff was responsible for setting the objectives that would guide all efforts in completing those goals. The strategic plan was accepted in the final Board meeting in December of this year. Already concentrated attention has been given to making progress on this plan.

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters you did it to me.’ • Matthew 25:40


2016 Board of Directors Tony Brawner

Reed Bradford

Summertown, TN resource development, program

Coalmont, TN trustees, facilities

Keri Cress

Stephanie Carr

Rev. Amanda Diamond

Antioch, TN program, personnel

Lenoir City, TN trustee, resource development

Avon Lake, OH trustees, finance

Mitch Lister Loganville, GA finance

John Tiffany Milford, OH program

Steve Koelbl

Tracy City, TN associate executive director

Collierville, TN facilities

Carrolton, GA program

Lincoln, NE chair, personnel, resource dev.

Katy, TX trustees, personnel

Julie Keel

John McCarty

Ryan Shostak

Eric Savaiano

Nashville, TN program

J. Doerhing

Monteagle, TN TN conference rep., program

Fred Kaserman

Bill Joy

Emily Chadwick

Nashville, TN resource development, personnel

McMinnville, TN secretary, facilities

John Robinson Nashville, TN finance

Rev. Ed Simmons

Phil Swords Tupelo, MS finance

Altamont, TN executive director

Doug Warner Germantown, TN facilities

Bob Willems Charlotte, NC trustees, facilities


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