Medical Teams International (MTI) has named Martha Newsome as its new president and CEO, taking over for Jeff Pinneo, who retired in March. Newsome spent two decades at World Vision, serving as the global and Africa HIV and AIDS director as well as health director for World Vision in Mozambique. Most recently, she led World Vision’s International GLobal Sustainable Health program, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. She begins her role Sept. 1, 2016 at MTI, which serves people affected by disaster and poverty around the world.
Erie County, Penn.’s City Mission signed on a new executive director in January, Steve Westbrook, a former CPA with has a background in finance and nonprofits. He says he was surprised by the amount of hope he saw in the individuals they serve in the 10 week resident program, from those who are struggling with addiction to homelessness. He’s since streamlined and restructured some of the operations at the organization to ensure efficiency and allow them to serve even more people. City Mission has raised $3 million in pledges for the next phases of a rebuilding project, which will include a new kitchen and a 180-seat main dining area, the Erie Times-News reports.
Food for the Poor, which works to end the cycle of poverty in Haiti, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. What began as an organization to feed hungry families in Cite Soleil in 1986 has become a source of building homes and schools as well as providing job skills in an effort to create self-sustainability in the area. Food for the Poor has implemented 3000 water projects and shipped more than 15,000 tractor-trailer loads of medical supplies, clothing, household items, food and more. The organization feeds more than 120,000 people per day in Haiti. It’s also established 42 fully operational fishing villages around the country, according to Carribbean 360.
Catholic Charities of Florida has been working to help victims, survivors and family members affected by the mass shooting in Orlando June 12, providing Spanish translators and supporting the grieving in the aftermath, Crux reports. Catholic Charities Immigration Services is helping Orange County officials to bring family members of victims to the U.S. for funerals and also providing funds to help with funeral costs.