Late last month, nine people attended a meeting at the home of Doug Jeffries to learn more about an opportunity to participate in a mission to Haiti. At the meeting, Jeffries, Ted Wells and Yale Scott, the members of the board of Mission:Results described the organization, a non-profit 501(c)(3), and what they hoped the invited guests would do with the group.
Jeffries is the founder of Mission:Results, an outcropping of a passion ignited in him after he heard about the impact the 2005 tsunami had on the people of Sri Lanka. He joined teams that went on two-week missions to Sri Lanka to help people whose lives were literally turned upside down. He returned with a commitment to do more. His next trips were with Hands On USA to Biloxi, Miss., after hurricane Katrina. He went 12 times and did everything from helping to do surveys on the overall needs of the area to making street signs and posting them to poles to help the EMS workers find the people they were being called on to help.
In his home in Dupont, which has become the administrative offices of Mission:Results, Jeffries, Scott and Wells, who are gay, told a passionate story of the destruction in Haiti and how Mission:Results was now dedicated to helping orphans there. They talked about how everyone they knew who went to Haiti to help found their own lives changed and came home with a renewed understanding of how lucky they were and feeling a responsibility for those who suffered in natural disasters and don’t have the ability to recover on their own.
They spoke of how Mission:Results is working to help an orphanage run by Dr. Antoine Robert and his foundation, FARD, based near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The orphanage houses 27 children and there is little that they still don’t need 18 months after the earthquake. There is a formal working agreement reached with FARD and completed needs analysis determining ongoing requirements such as food, health care and a teacher’s salary, and other one-time funding and work needs. While work is slowly moving forward on building a larger and safer orphanage with a school and hurricane proof housing, for the foreseeable future these children will be living in tents with solid floors and bunks built in for the children to sleep.
Mission:Results has planned four mission trips to Haiti this summer. The first is June 19-24. Members of the mission will go to Haiti and work on projects at the orphanage, including rebuilding a wall that was destroyed in the earthquake that has left the orphanage facility open to the street and lacking a safe space for the children; fixing the roof of the main building which serves as a residence and the school; teaching the children English and just playing with the kids and giving them hope for the future. Each trip is planned for up to 12 people and the cost including airfare, hotel and food is $1,450.
The evening ended with the clear understanding that not only is there much work to be done to rebuild Haiti but a desire to build Mission:Results if it is ever to reach the vision for the future that Jeffries has. That vision is that one day an office of Mission:Results will be on every college campus and anytime a natural disaster or large scale tragedy occurs anywhere in the world young people will be able to contact Mission:Results for help to coordinate their volunteer efforts.
In a conversation with Jeffries after the meeting, he said that while the group is moving forward in Haiti and making a difference they need help with the administrative work of building Mission:Results. They had the pro-bono help of Phil Skillman, a local attorney, to secure their 501(c)(3) effective April 8. They now need help building a website.
The major announcement made at the close of the meeting was that former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has agreed to join the board.
To get involved or find out more about Mission:Results contact Ted Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org.