by Dorothy Bracy Alston
For just shy of four decades, Mission Possible: Christian Outreach Service Mission (COSM) annually hosts a gathering to honor and thank volunteers, donors and sponsors who believe in the non-profit’s work in Memphis and surrounding areas.
On Dec. 2, the Dr. Martin Luther King Labor Center was glammed up in red and gold as more than 300 people showed up for the 2018 Fall Fundraiser Program, beginning with an 11:30 a.m. breakfast for homeless individuals and families and culminating with a 2:45 p.m. dinner for 200 volunteers and sponsors.
Thelma Nelms founded Mission Possible: COSM and serves as its president. Ask any philanthropic or charitable person who Thelma Nelms is and mostly likely they know her or have run across her over the last 39 years.
From small to great, individuals to corporate donors, schools and churches, law enforcement to lawbreakers, food and restaurant giants to small mom and pop operations, Nelms has secured support from them all.
Mission Possible: COSM recognizes it could not have done its work without these dedicated groups. This was noticeable in the printed program, with special thanks given to almost 80 individuals, churches, schools and organizations.
In 2018, Mission Possible: COSM acted in response to more than 7,000 calls from those in need. Organizations such as Bellevue Baptist, Regional One Hospital, Fullview Baptist, Les Passees, Oak Court Mall, Whole Foods and many others responded to the call for help.
Services included food and clothing; elderly assistance; counseling services and training for youth, married couples, workplace employees and employers; and prayer support based on Christian principles and concepts.
Nelms said, “A committed volunteer is a gift – so rare, a treasure beyond compare!”