Champion of the Month

Rachena Carpenter Share

Jan 12, 2018  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Rachena Car­pen­ter was born in 1961 in Mar­i­on, Indi­ana. She resided in Fair­mount, and grad­u­at­ed from Madi­son-Grant High School. For three years pri­or to her 31-year tenure with the Grant Coun­ty Res­cue Mis­sion in Mar­i­on, Rachena con­sis­tent­ly vol­un­teered for the orga­ni­za­tion. She devel­oped a strong sense of pas­sion and care for peo­ple in need. She went well above her duties as an admin­is­tra­tive assis­tant by dri­ving fund­ing to pur­chase Christ­mas gifts for the Mission’s res­i­dents. She even ini­ti­at­ed col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts with the Res­cue Mis­sion, Grant Coun­ty church­es, and oth­er orga­ni­za­tions to begin an Angel Tree pro­gram unique through the GCRM for addi­tion­al fam­i­lies in need. Rachena was also a proud mem­ber of the Women’s Aux­il­iary, and was instru­men­tal in its fundrais­ing as well.

GCRM Direc­tor of Donor Rela­tions, LeeAn­na Smith, explained Rachena’s nature as self­less, giv­ing, and very approach­able. Res­i­dents felt safe talk­ing to her. She would help them with paper­work, tech needs, while also going beyond to make sure they had a warm meal and a good place to stay.” LeeAn­na said Rachena cham­pi­oned for their cause, help­ing to restore their self-worth and value.

The Mission’s Past Pres­i­dent, Janet Pear­son, got to know Rachena over the past 25 years. You couldn’t find a more ser­vant-ori­ent­ed per­son who has that kind of pas­sion for peo­ple and the mis­sion of the GCRM. She was car­ing, giv­ing, tru­ly com­pas­sion­ate about serv­ing the guests, and always put oth­ers before herself.”

Since Rachena worked with a lot of Grant Coun­ty church­es, she would attend/​support sev­er­al of them.

Rachena passed away on Novem­ber 14th, 2017, at the age of 56. Her sur­vivors include her three broth­ers, four nieces and nephews, two of which she had helped raise, plus three great-nieces and nephews.

Broth­er, Bryan Car­pen­ter, explained Rachena’s phi­los­o­phy. Have an open heart and nev­er look down to oth­ers because you may be look­ing up at them one day.”

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