Part-time on call.
Volunteers Services Director.
There’s little of People’s City Mission that Art hasn’t been a part of.
Art came to People’s City Mission as a guest in 2012. He’d got in some trouble in California, so his mom put him on a train to Nebraska. He was coming to stay with his grandparents. Only she didn’t tell his grandparents, so his arrival was a surprise. They didn’t want to be caretakers long term, so Art stayed with additional family and friends until that was no longer an option.
For 9 months, Art was a Mission guest, and that obviously shaped him as a PCM staff member. As a guest, he learned how the place operated and can tell you first hand what it is like to navigate the world of homelessness in the winter. He learned that three meals would be provided every day, and that he’d have regular meetings with staff members and counselors. He learned later that he was brought to People’s City Mission for a very specific reason.
For about two years, Art worked both days and overnights in the Men’s Shelter. There he learned, along with people skills, to be prepared for anything and to expect the unexpected at all times.
Art is all about personal and professional growth. In his new role as Volunteer Services Director, he’s excited to learn and see even more sides of what the Mission does for its guests and the Lincoln community.
When you work with Art, you’ll see his approach is to love people well, whether he’s working with guests or volunteers. They’re two very different approaches, he says. With guests, he works hard to provide a calm, safe, quiet environment. For our invaluable volunteers, he wants to provide a meaningful connection with what they’re doing, so they feel like they’re truly contributing to the Mission.
Art isn’t just working full-time here at the rescue shelter.
He’s currently taking two classes online through SCC, he’ll be transferring to Doane in August, and is also pursuing a diploma in Ministerial Studies with Leadership Honors, which he is in his second year of.
And on top of everything, he helps pastor at PCM’s on-campus church, Connect Church.
“I really like working with the homeless, I like inner-city ministry, I like working with down and out people.”
So, what’s his end goal?
“I don’t know. Wherever God leads me.”
Art’s enthusiasm and life experiences are an asset to anyone working with him. He walks the talk.
We’re thrilled to have you here, Art!