Triangle Luncheon Civitan (TLC) of North Carolina District East (NCDE) is proud to announce the presentation of their second annual “Servant’s Hearts” Awards. Through the leadership of Karen Ricucci, TLC President, and the Servants Heart Award committee, TLC honored an outstanding individual and a special ministry.
The 1st Award was presented to Mike Memrick for the incredible work he did overseeing the building of wheelchair ramps for the disabled in our community. He has been involved in building over 40 ramps through the years. In addition to building ramps, he uses his construction skills as a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity. He visited the sick in the hospital, offering comfort and support, and serves in his church and with the Knights of Columbus. He helps at Special Olympics events and arranged Bingo games for disabled veterans at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Durham, NC. He has also assisted fellow Knights of Columbus in recycling old bikes, making them usable and gave them to the disadvantaged children at Christmas. Mike is truly a man who sees a need in the community and finds a way to fill it.
The next Servant’s Heart Award went to “Reality Ministries”. “Reality Ministries” was founded in 2007 to bring those with and without developmental disabilities together in a space where everyone is accepted, valued, and celebrated. Before the pandemic, over 400 people joined together for daily and weekly programs. The organization has two houses where 24 people live together, a farm, and the “Reality Ministries” members, Kaitlan Lawrence, who has given countless volunteer hours to the ministry. Elizabeth Houston received the award for the Ministry.
The presentation of these awards was done during the Covid-19 outbreak where social distancing and wearing of masks were required.
Triangle Luncheon Civitan’s Servant’s Heart Award committee looks forward to even more applicants next year, as this pandemic brings out the best in most people. Even though this challenging time, Triangle Luncheon Civitan will continue to work caring for the disabled and people with intellectual disabilities