When Helping Hurts with Michelle Schwartzman

When Helping Hurts with Michelle Schwartzman

Wednesday, May 29th at 1:00pm

When Helping Hurts - Mission and outreach programs are built on the best of intentions.  What happens when those good intentions have negative long-term impacts on the community we are trying to help?  Let’s explore how our helping can help and how it can hurt.  What are the best practices for making sure our mission work has the desired outcomes and long-term success?   Join our Director of Volunteers in Mission and Outreach, Michelle Schwartzman tor a discussion based on the Book “When Helping Hurts” and recent training at the Northeast Jurisdiction Mission Academy “When Helping Helps”.

Michelle Schwartzman has a lifelong passion for serving.  She shares that passion with her family and they often are found serving together.  Michelle and her husband, Jason just celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary.  They have two children ages 15 and 6.  She and her family have served on several short-term missions to Semandakuppam, India and in 2011, they served for six months at Carmel Hostel and School.  Michelle feels at home at Carmel and her first home away from home is Wesley Forest.  She has led in many capacities within the camping program.  She is currently co-leading Trailblazers, a rustic adventure camp.  Michelle and Jason also served in AmeriCorps with the American Red Cross in Disaster Relief.  She has served on VIM trips to Wesley Forest, McCurdy School in New Mexico and last February, led a hurricane relief team to the Florida Keys.  Michelle enjoys traveling, being out in nature and documenting her adventures and family with photos.