City of Heath Honors Margo Nielsen

City of Heath Honors Executive
Director of Rockwall Helping Hands
 

Heath, Texas,
November 16, 2009…
City of Heath Mayor John Ratcliffe
honored Margo Nielsen, executive director of Rockwall Helping Hands,
for her 20 years of service to Rockwall County residents during a Community
Appreciation evening hosted November 14 by Heath Salon and Spa.  
 
The event was a finale to a week-long schedule of activities presented
by Heath Salon and Spa that raised more than $9,000 for the Helping
Hands Medical Facility.

 
“Margo Nielsen joined Helping Hands in 1989 and has since provided
creative leadership, overseeing the growth of the agency from three
to thirty employees with a current annual budget of $1,800,000,” said
Mayor Ratcliffe as he presented Mrs. Nielsen with a proclamation declaring
November 14 as “Margo Nielsen Day” in the City of Heath. 

Rockwall County has experienced tremendous growth during Mrs. Nielsen’s
tenure, and she has courageously and consistently inspired the community
to care for neighbors in need, Mr. Ratcliffe said.

Mrs. Nielsen has led Helping
Hands, its staff and volunteers in improving its facilities and providing
services through the Thrift Stores, Health Center, Assistance and Referrals
and the  Food Pantry. 
 

Mayor Ratcliffe noted that Nielsen’s name has become synonymous with
the mission of Helping Hands: “helping the dependent become independent;
helping the needy to improve the quality of their lives; helping individuals
and families to find supportive resources; and helping the advantaged
to find meaningful ways to serve.

City of Heath,
Texas

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS,
in 1977 through
the vision and initiative of Heath resident Robert Reeves and other
dedicated Rockwall area residents, the foundation was laid for Helping
Hands to provide compassionate care to those in our community in critical
need; and

WHEREAS,
the City of Heath values the enormous contribution of Helping Hands
to the well-being of our community; and

WHEREAS,
Margo Nielsen joined Helping Hands in 1989 and has since provided creative
leadership, overseeing the growth of the agency from three
to thirty employees with a current annual budget of $1,800,000, improving
the facilities of the agency and providing service
through the Thrift Stores, Health Center, Assistance and Referrals and
Food Pantry; and

WHEREAS,
the last twenty years have brought tremendous growth in Rockwall County
and the City of Heath and Margo Nielsen has courageously
and consistently inspired our community to care for our neighbors in
need; and

WHEREAS,
because of her enduring character and
commitment, Margo Nielsen’s name has become synonymous with the mission
of Helping Hands:
“helping the dependent become independent;
helping the needy to improve the quality of their lives; helping individuals
and families to find supportive resources; and
helping the advantaged to find meaningful ways to serve;

and

Whereas,
the residents of the City of Heath proudly call
Margo Nielsen, neighbor and friend and wish to join
in the celebration of Margo Nielsen’s
twenty years of service and dedication,

NOW THEREFORE
I,
the Mayor of the City of Heath, do hereby proclaim
November 14, 2009
as 

Margo
Nielsen Day
 

in the City
of Heath and urge all citizens of Heath to recognize her accomplishments
and contributions to our community and encourage citizen
support for Helping Hands.
 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
I have hereunto set my hand and have caused the Seal of the  City
of Heath, Texas, to be affixed this 14th day of November,
2009.
 
 
 
 
 

______________________________

              
        John Ratcliffe, Mayor

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