Good in the ‘Hood programs and services are delivered by 4 full-time staff, 4 part-time staff, and 1 full-time paid intern, 2 key leaders who volunteer their time, and a significant amount of community support. We could not operate our program without the many dedicated volunteers who contribute their efforts. Many of the volunteers come to us from our partner organizations. Currently, we have more than 3,000 volunteers contributing over 10,000 hours of service to our programs each year (many are current and former clients). Our 9-member, volunteer Board of Directors provides strategic direction and financial oversight to make our programs possible. We work closely with area leaders, to meet the most critical needs they see in their neighborhoods.
Rev. Shawn Morrison has served as a minister and as a nonprofit leader for more than 30 years, including in his current role as the Founder/Executive Director of Good in the ‘Hood. Shawn serves on a number of boards and committees as an advisor, member, or as an officer. From 1999-2007, Shawn served in various capacities for Bethany Global University, formerly known as Bethany College of Missions, and held the titles of Director of Student Life and Outreach and as the Director of College Operations. In addition, from 2010-2012 Shawn partnered with Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities as their Director of Minneapolis Programs. He also served as the senior pastor for Cedarcrest Free Methodist Church in Bloomington, MN from 2006-2019. Shawn is married to his lovely wife, Jamie and together they have five children and a growing family of grandchildren.
Rev. Jamie Morrison has served as a minister and organizational leader for more than 25 years, including in her current role as Director of Operations/HR with Good in the ‘Hood and as the owner/Executive Publisher of Books By The Bundle. In addition, she served as the Associate Pastor of Cedarcrest Free Methodist Church in Bloomington, MN from 2006-2019. Jamie acts as the chairperson for the Nominating Committee Board for the North Central Conference of the Free Methodist Church of America. From 1999-2005, Jamie served in various capacities for Bethany Global University, formerly Bethany College of Missions, including as a member of the Student Life team, as an Adjunct Faculty member, Mentoring Department Advisor and Director of Practicum. From 2008-2010, Jamie worked in Business Services for Comcast leading three B2B sales teams.
Kathy Jo has been a registered nurse since 1981 and has always had a heart for caring for people. Over the years she has enjoyed serving in a variety of capacities in the community and at church. In 2005, Kathy had a strong call from God to serve people experiencing homelessness, especially those in need of foot care. Kathy founded SoleCare for Souls and in May of 2006 the first care was provided. The program has been growing ever since. From 2006-2020 SoleCare for Souls held its own 501(c)3 status. A longtime partner and friend of Good in the ‘Hood, SoleCare for Souls because an official program Good in the ‘Hood, and in December 2020, Kathy shifted roles from Executive Director of SCFS, to Medical Director. She looks forward, with great anticipation, to the future growth of SoleCare for Souls and the partnership with Good in the ‘Hood.
Kathy, and her husband Dave have two sons, who are both married, one living in central WI, the other in Boston.
Rev. David Glasser is a minister with a big heart for youth and those in need of basic resources. We’re very pleased that he has joined our team as the Shoe Away Hunger Supervisor. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing a variety of programs and partnerships, including serving guests, helping coordinate volunteers, and facilitating Shoe Bus events.
Tim provides support for warehouse inventory management for our Shoe Away Hunger program. In addition, he works supervises our volunteer shoe sorting team and provides training and safety orientation. Finally, he offers support for our shoe bus program including restocking, sales, and customer service support.
Kierra is currently serving our country as a United States Marine. She attended Minnesota State University, Mankato and is currently attending Purdue University as an online student. She has worked at Comcast in the Loyalty department and received the top lead sales award 5 months standing. Kierra serves with Good in the ‘Hood as the Food Program and Office Coordinator. In addition to her excellent social intelligence and a genuine love for others, she brings outstanding communication and organizational skills to our team. We’re very pleased to have this young leader as a member of our team of difference makers.
Ron is a full time intern who brings key support to all of our programs. He serves as a program assistant to our Driver and General Operations Coordinator. In addition, he offers warehouse support with our shoe sorting and inventory management. He provides customer service support during our shoe bus events and for our First Stop drop-in center.
Kyle Morrison is a Junior in high school who has aspirations of going to college on a basketball scholarship. He is a second-degree black-belt and has taught Karate at the school he earned his degrees at for a few years. Kyle is a great asset to the team because he is smart, interactive, hard-working and he has the ability to interact with people well.
Lillie Britton has volunteered with Good in the ‘Hood for more than two years. She is such a great volunteer that she is now the “Team Lead” for volunteer groups who come to sort shoes at our Brooklyn Park warehouse. Lillie has worked with people all of her adult life. She worked in the medical field for more than 15 years and with the Whitney Hotels where she was named “Employee of the year”. Lillie has 2 children and 1 grandson. She loves her family and the Lord. She grew up in a home and church where helping those in need and serving others was commonplace. She loves Good in the ‘Hood because they serve people by meeting their needs and because they are a “kindness based” and they really love people. So, this is where she wants to serve!
Mayra Garcia-Rivera is from Puerto Rico and holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s in Biological Science from the University of Minnesota. She is been living in Minnesota for 20 years and has always worked closely with members of her community to increase access to basic resources especially those with a language barrier. She has worked as a researcher at the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Public Schools as a Resources Coordinator for the community. Mayra has partnered with various Good in the ‘Hood Programs since 2014 including helping to co-lead one of our hunger relief sites, Food Shelf In-A-Box at 800 West Broadway in North Minneapolis from 2017-2019. Mayra currently provides support to
Good in the ‘Hood as an Assistant to the Director of Operations/HR. Mayra brings to Good in the ‘Hood amazing interpersonal skills, outstanding project coordination, computer skills, Spanish speaking and writing skills, and compassion to serve those in need.
Sam recently graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services. He loves to work with underserved individuals and those experiencing homelessness. Sam is a great listener and has excellent people skills. He is always eager to help someone in need. He is passionate about working with those who have had difficult circumstances in their lives. He and Karissa are the proud parents of Brady, their 2-year-old son.