The staff and students at Ross Medical Education Center in Midland, Michigan have been working hard to make their mark in the Ross community. They are already proving that they embody the same community awareness and desire to help that is so evident across Ross campuses. Recently, they displayed their excitement to serve their community by teaming up with Midland’s Open Door.
The campus donated their time and talent to the Midland’s Open Door soup kitchen this winter. Open Door is a local organization that provides emergency shelter and a warm meal to those in need in the surrounding area. They also offer emergency clothing assistance and a jail ministry. According to Vicki Jensen, Office Coordinator for Midland’s Open Door, “last year Midland’s Open Door served 50,925 hot meals, wholesome meals to our neighbors in need. We rely heavily on our “army” of volunteers to plan and prepare these meals.” The Midland campus was thrilled to be a part of that army!
In true Ross fashion, staff and students all gathered on a Saturday to volunteer on their day off. Ashley Felczer, a current Ross student, loved her experience, “I enjoyed my time at the soup kitchen. Everybody was very friendly and fun to work with.” Teresa VanAcker, Financial Aid Student Support Representative, agreed “It was a great experience to work at the soup kitchen. I had fun with the students preparing and serving and it gave me an opportunity to get to know them better. It was also wonderful to see how thankful and grateful everyone was that came through for lunch that day. The soup kitchen was very organized and had so much variety for the people that were there that day. I loved seeing that we have this for the people that need it in our community.” Joie Sawdon, Instructor in the Midland Medical Assistant program, also was part of this exciting day and enjoyed every moment!