Citizen of the Week: Lucretia McMullen

City of Refuge recently began its first summer education programs in its new headquarters at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Morris Street.

In addition to classes, the organization provides a hot lunch for the 125 students taking part in the program. And Lucretia McMullen, who volunteers with the organization, came in before classes started and made sure the industrial kitchen was ready.

City of Refuge provides services to low-income families, including transitional housing, a food pantry, a clothing store, education programs for both children and adults, and hot meals. It began moving into its new headquarters late last year.

"This is the first year we have served hot meals out of this location," said City of Refuge Assistant Director Rick Harris. "We didn't have any of the utensils, any of the pots and pans in the kitchen. She (McMullen) was part of a team that moved all of those things in here. When they were finished, she organized it all, putting things in the correct drawers and cabinets. She labeled all the cabinet doors and drawers, so you know what is in there without even opening it. She spent an entire day doing that, and she did it all with a great attitude and a big smile."

Harris said McMullen has volunteered with City of Refuge for several years.

"She attends Welcome Hill Baptist Church and works at Dalton First United Methodist Church, so she is over here with teams from both churches," he said. "And she always is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure things are running smoothly."

For her volunteer work with City of Refuge, the Daily Citizen-News names Lucretia McMullen Citizen of the Week.

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