TEAM SPOTLIGHT: Cal Morrison's gift of giving
For more than a decade, Cal Morrison has given back to the local community.
At the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church (MMBC), Morrison has led the Community Affairs ministry for close to 20 years. In that role, Morrison connects local churches to agencies that can help community members in need.
“Cal has always demonstrated a great passion for helping people,” said John Leazer, MMBC pastor and friend of Morrison. “She has organized health fairs for our church and also for the community to reach people that would benefit the most.”
Over the years of volunteering, however, she has found her true passion: helping the homeless.
Morrison has made a profound impact on the homeless community in Cabarrus County through volunteering for ‘My Father’s House,’ a six-month transitional housing program for homeless families with children through Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM).
There, Morrison organizes food and household item collections. She provides warm meals for the residents. She coordinates activities for the children.
As the former My Father’s House program manager, Sam Merchak could share many experiences of working with Morrison.
During weeks where the MMBC church would provide meals for My Father’s House residents, “Cal came every night and would arrive early to make home-made sweet tea, which everyone enjoyed,” Merchak said. “She would fellowship with our families and provide hope and encouragement. She’s always had a listening ear for those who needed to be heard.”
It’s a great feeling to see people she has helped, Morrison said. “Some of them now have a house and a job and are married. It’s so rewarding—that’s why I do it. Just to see people happy or to make somebody smile.”
Morrison is the admin for Infrastructure & Asset Management and has worked for the County for 25 years. After retirement, she plans to continue volunteering with the homeless community because the need is so demanding, she said. “There are a lot of homeless families with two or more children.”
Morrison hopes to create a ripple effect that encourages other people to give back to the community.
“Even if you just have some shoes—someone else needs them,”she said. “You never know, it could be a family member or co-worker. It can be anybody because anything can happen.”
Morrison says that sometimes, all you need to do is just bean ear for someone, she said. “Some people just want to hear that things are going to be OK.”