Johanna Sutter, who received MCC material resources as a child, has dedicated much of her time to volunteering at the MCC Material Resource Center at The Depot in Goshen, Ind.
Due to her deep dedication to helping others, Sutter is the recipient of this year’s national Journey Award from Everence®. Created in 2001, the Journey Award highlights what people of faith are doing as stewards of their God-given gifts.
This award recognizes Sutter for the countless hours she has logged volunteering since retiring from her teaching career about 15 years ago. She helps oversee volunteers who come to the Material Resource Center and also shops for items for the kits, finding quality items at amazing bargains.
“It’s hard to say in exact hours, but MCC Great Lakes would likely have to hire a half-time person to cover all she does as a volunteer,” said Nadine Zook Miller, material resources coordinator for MCC Great Lakes.
Sutter received a Christmas bundle of supplies from MCC as a child in Germany in the aftermath of World War II. Touched that people from so far away cared about her well-being, she decided she wanted to be like the people who provide hope and comfort to those in need.
As a part of the award, Everence made a $5,000 donation to MCC, the charity of Sutter’s choice. Everence presented Sutter with the award at her home congregation, Assembly Mennonite Church, on Sunday, Sept. 18.