Caring Hands Outreach Center is pleased to announce that Ms. Miriam Cody was named their first Director of Operations. “Once we determined the need for the position, Miriam became the obvious choice,” said Ned Looney, Executive Director of Caring Hands Outreach Center. Cody originally came to Caring Hands as an AmeriCorps Volunteer and quickly became an advocate for the people in need that Caring Hands serves.
Caring Hands Board President Mike Hartwig says, “Her unique perspective and collaborative style will help Caring Hands expand our current offerings and position us as a resource that can affect real change in eastern Polk County.”
Cody is uniquely qualified to run the day-to-day operations of Caring Hands because, at one time, she experienced food insecurity herself. A recent DMACC graduate, Cody will begin classes at Grand View University next spring pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Work. “There are so many ways that people experiencing food insecurity are inadvertently made to feel inferior. Caring Hands policies ensure that we are not one of those places. We do not look down upon anyone who comes here for assistance. God placed us here, in this place, at this time, to help our neighbors. And we plan to grow the ways we can provide assistance. I am excited about this opportunity!”