MISSION STATEMENT "We are founded to provide high priority outreach programs and emergency assistance to individuals in crisis locally, nationally, and worldwide"
VISION STATEMENT It is our vision that all Missing Pieces Project participants receive the necessary assistance to not only survive but thrive in communities devastated by poverty, crime, and natural disasters.
ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW Missing Pieces Community Development Corporation is a 501 ( c ) 3 USDOT Nationwide Motor Carrier. We were founded to establish high priority programs within Evansville, Indiana, nationally, and worldwide. Our first priority is to preserve the safety of senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, low-income residents, and students. The recent opioid epidemic within our community as well as nationwide has increased crimes against our most vulnerable residents. We provide mass transit solutions that increase the mobility, quality of life, safety, and self-sufficiency for low-income residents. Our outreach programs reduce crime, provide access to quality healthcare, access to higher paying worksites, and also provides reliable transportation, through our execution of non-traditional programs.
Missing Pieces Projects are geared toward improving conflict resolution skills, self-image, self-worth, values, and the safety of our most vulnerable residents. In addition to our local programs, we provide emergency assistance to individuals in crisis and offer relief initiatives for low to moderate income (LMI) individuals. These individuals include but are not limited to the elderly, individuals with disabilities, homeless, veterans, displaced college students, previously addicted populations, and ex-offenders. It is our vision that Missing Pieces Project participants are provided emergency assistance which help them reach self-sufficiency. It is also our vision that every participant receives safe transport to their essential activities.
Our M.P.E.E. transportation service fills rapid rehire job postings. By providing reliable transportation, low-income populations are able to secure direct-hire, higher paying, full-time employment positions with benefits. Our collaborations assist participants with acquiring skills and job training to become self-sufficient. We do so through the use of tools that promote re-entering the workforce and our community. We seek to fill the void where much needed programs and emergency assistance do not exist. We, at Missing Pieces Community Development Corporation are "putting communities back together, one piece at a time."
Geronica Hazelwood Connor, BS Founder & Executive Director
BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Bettye Poole, MS Director of Youth & Senior Affairs
Vice-President Donald U. Johnson, PHD Director of Development & Implementation
Treasurer Boom M. Wilson, MS, MAcc. Director of Finance & Business Affairs
Secretary Daphane Stuart Director of Community Engagement
Anttonieo Madison, M.B.A. Director of Marketing & Communication
LaWanda Hawkins, A.A.S. Director of Workforce Development
Pending Director of Legal Affairs
Youth Board Members Kanye Stuart Kenn Connor III Kindred Connor
HWY 41 Connection M.P.E.E. provides transportation to higher paying worksites not accessible via city bus routes. Participants are transported to first shift worksites along Highway 41 Monday - Friday. Worksites include locations as far North as Ameriqual Foods. This route is in collaboration with City of Evansville. It departs from Downtown Terminal at 5:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. daily. This route transports to over thirty worksites along Highway 41, Hitch & Peters, Maxx Road, Heinlein / Baumgart, Baseline / Neely Road / Husky Way and Norman Wagner Drive. There are no fees charged to passengers who board at the Downtown Terminal or at any Missing Pieces' bus stop. In August 2022, the Employment Express / Highway 41 Connection route was expanded to include drop offs and pickups at both North High and North Junior High Schools. Students connect with M.P.E.E. by utilizing our joint METS bus stop located at the Maxx Road / Lynch Road (TJ MAXX) location. We connect with METS every forty-five minutes beginning at 5:55 a.m. until 8:10 a.m. In the afternoons we depart Downtown Terminal at 1:45 p.m. We connect with METS at Maxx Road beginning at 1:55 p.m. The last connection is at 3:25 p.m. Students are returned to the Maxx Road bus stop to reconnect with METS at 3:15 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Epworth Express In collaboration with Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization (EMPO), United Way SWI, and Old National Bank Foundation, Missing Pieces launched a unique ten-hourly daily route that connects residents to quality foods, quality healthcare, and higher paying worksites within Warrick County. Epworth Express operates Monday - Friday from 6:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Epworth Express not only connects Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties, but it also increases employment, quality healthcare, and quality foods accessibility in the Epworth Rd / Ascension St. Vincent / Deaconess Gateway medical corridor.
Epworth Express includes transportation to the Evansville VA Clinic and Eastland Mall (Dillard's /JC Penney's back parking lot). Upon entering Warrick County, Epworth Express picks up passengers from multiple medical locations and Walmart Super Center. Heritage Woods and Hamilton Pointe are two senior assisted living locations included as pickup sites. This addition to the route increases mobility, access to healthy foods, and multi-county connections for employees, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities. This route departs from downtown terminal between 6:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Monday - Friday. The sanitation closure hour is daily from 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Our final drop off is made at the Downtown METS terminal at 4:45 p.m. There will be no fees charged to riders who utilize this multi-County mass transit solution. In order to ensure our routes are inclusive we utilize a (14) passenger wheelchair accessible bus while operating this outreach initiative. If you would like a brochure, information on how to join our collaborative group, or want to donate to the Epworth Express initiative, please contact (812) 773-7391 or submit an inquiry below.
Gibson County Express In collaboration with Superior Maintenance Company (SMC), Missing Pieces Employment Express provides the only USDOT authorized transportation service from Vanderburgh County to Toyota Motors Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI). Located in Princeton, Indiana SMC is felon friendly and provides free roundtrip transportation for their employees who work at (TMMI) on both blue and gold shifts. Jobseekers can also be transported to SMC's orientation, training, and drug screenings every Monday morning. If you are seeking full-time direct hire employment with benefits, please apply online at www.smc.cc. You are welcome to apply in person at our Missing Pieces' office located in Welborn Plaza: 401 S.E. 6th Street Suite 107 I or call (812) 615-5025 for more SMC hiring information. Currently, SMC offers full-time positions starting at $18.50 per hour on Blue Shift and $19.20 per hour on Gold Shift.
Promise Zone (PZ) Express A collaboration between Missing Pieces Community Development Corporation and Promise Zone Evansville provides weekly transportation to grocery stores for Vanderburgh County residents who reside in food deserts. Participants do not need to pre-register only be present at departure locations. These locations include Kennedy Towers, Buckner Towers, Schnute Towers, White Oaks Towers, and Garfield Commons. Transportation is every Tuesday and Thursday. Departure time is 10:00 a.m. Routes fluctuate between Neighborhood Walmart (1st Avenue) and Rulers Foods (Morgan Avenue). We utilize wheelchair buses on each route to provide inclusive outreach services to individuals with disabilities within our community. Our PZ Express collaboration ends on June 29, 2023. Please contact a member of the Promise Zone for additional information and questions regarding the future of the program.
MISSING PIECES PROJECTS S.A.F.E. (Seniors Against Fearful Environments) S.A.F.E. assists Seniors 55 years and older as well as wheelchair bound residents with transportation to safely cash checks, pay bills, fill medical prescriptions, and grocery shop. Pre-registered participants are transported to locations without the fear of mugging or robbery. In the wake of COVID-19 this program has been expanded to include medical equipment pickup and delivery, Feed Evansville food box delivery, as well as transportation to food banks, vaccines, and other essential services.
S.A.F.E. (Students Against Fearful Environments) S.A.F.E. assists Students who are victims of bullying, abuse, crimes, exploitation, and other situations that are detrimental to their health, mental development, and overall success. S.A.F.E. operates by referrals to provide emergency assistance for youth in crisis. This program works in collaboration with multiple agencies to ensure each participant receives the services necessary to feel safe.
Finding the Piece This cutting-edge program seeks to provide free counseling to low-income youth and their families. Finding the Piece specializes in clinical psychotherapy which include toddlers, youth, family, individuals, couples, groups, and elderly. We utilize evidence-based practices, person-centered / client centered approaches, individualized treatment plans, telehealth and psychoeducation. Through Finding the Piece, we will heal our city one individual and one family at a time.
Suited and Booted In collaboration with Don's Clayton's DCI Drycleaning, Missing Pieces provides interview attire for men and women jobseekers. Upon applying for assistance participants receive one interview suit. However, after full-time employment is obtained, participants may return to our office to receive an additional week of business professional attire. This program is operated by appointment only. Please note that items selected are donated and are dry-cleaned prior to being distributed. Please allow enough time to receive your clothing prior to scheduled interviews. Effective September 18, 2023, all items in the Suited and Booted inventory have been donated to the Haitian Resource Center of Evansville. Please contact (812) 437-5285- if you are in need of clothing, shoes, and or work attire.
F.L.O.W. (Future Leaders of the World) The F.L.O.W. mentor program prepares children ages 5-18 years for the next level. It incorporates college preparatory and character-building skills suchas Self-Empowerment, Critical Thinking, Cultural & Diversity training, Volunteerism, Conflict Resolution, Anger Management, Goal Setting, Budgeting, Financial Literacy, and Crime Intervention.
The Gun Buy Back Program G.B.B.P. is an anti-gang initiative which seeks to remove handguns from teens and at-risk youth nationwide. A pending collaboration with ATF / Homeland Security will help to reduce gun violence within the inner city and allows residents to surrender handguns at authorized locations. This program is funded privately through donations, grants, and fundraisers. MPCDC seeks to remove 4,000 illegal handguns between 2023-2024.
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Future Leaders of the World (F.L.O.W. Anguilla) Mail donations to: Frangipani Beach Resort c/o Blowing Point Youth Development Center "Pack for a Purpose" Meads Bay Anguilla, B.W.I AI-2640 The Valley, Anguilla (264) 497-6442
Please note that the following school supplies are needed:
Colored construction paper, colored pencils, compasses, crayons, dry-erase markers, electric pencil sharpeners, erasers, glue sticks, hand puppets, markers, pencils, pens, play-dough, protractors, and solar calculators, flash cards (English Alphabet, Math, and Word), Wall Charts (English World Maps and Atlases), Text/Reading Books (Language and Grammar, English Age appropriate story books, especially for boys) scissors, water color brushes and paints, Sports/Outdoor Activity (Table Tennis Rackets and Balls). The items above may be shipped or packed in your suitcases when traveling to Anguilla, B.W.I. Please contact the Frangipani Beach Resort Staff prior to your trip to arrange delivery of donations.
Thank you for your support of Missing Pieces Community Development Corporation