SonShine volunteers honored


About 36 volunteers run the interfaith mission Son Shine Center, and each of them view it as a blessing.

The staff was honored Friday, along with SonShine Center Coordinator Lisa Wamsley during a reception at First Baptist Church of Madisonville.

Volunteer Katie May said she began working with SonShine through her church about seven or eight years ago.

“We were small in number but we were great in heart,” May said. “Lisa and I have become friends as well as coworkers. Lisa is the SonShine Center for me. Her laugh just makes you feel good right down to your heart.”

Volunteer Carla Wimberly noted that Wamsley “graduated from the university of circus professionals.”

“She has a juggler’s degree,” Wimberly said. “I don’t know about you but she’s never grabbed me by the neck.”

Dustin Gist, pastor of North Madison Church of Christ, serves on the Son Shine board of directors, and commended Wamsley for her contributions to the community.

“She is serving in a profession where it’s easy to get jaded,” Gist said of Wamsley. “I learn from her on a daily basis. It’s a blessing to know that there is an organization that will love on people and take care of people.”

Towanda Webber also had kind words for Wamsley.

“She is an asset to the office she holds,” Webber said. “Lisa always works in a professional and personable manner. We laugh. Sometimes we cry, but Lisa gets the job done. She’s a wife, she’s a mother and — I can’t say it enough — she’s a friend. We salute you today, Lisa.”

According to its website, the SonShine Outreach Center, an interfaith mission, was founded in 1987 by the United Methodist Women, First United Methodist Church, Madisonville. The Center has a board of more than 30 people representing 12 member churches and three civic organizations. The ministries are funded by donations from the member churches and service organizations, individual gifts and proceeds from the store.

The SonShine Center is at 320 N. May St.