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Congrats to Brenda Mahr on Her Upcoming Retirement!

We often talk about all of the wonderful non-profits that we work with to help better both St. Louis and the entire world. This month, however, we’re focusing on one special woman who has made a great impact in our city: Brenda Mahr!
Brenda has worked with Employment Connection since 1977 and became the nonprofit’s CEO in 2004. For 41 years, she has been committed to serving people with limited opportunities and helping them become self-sufficient.
Brenda finds incredible value in working with others as a team. Her motto in life has always come from Sir Isaac Newton: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” This is especially true to Brenda; she believes that all of her work in positively affecting others and the world around her stems from others who have stood with her and lifted her up.
Brenda herself came from humble beginnings and holds true to the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The two blocks on which she grew up were a close-knit community in which everyone cared for and helped one another. Even though they weren’t related by blood, Brenda knew as a child that she could always count on her neighbors for help. This experience shaped her mentality for her work in helping the St. Louis community as she worked on developing collaborations to provide help and resources to those in need.
WIN Warehouse has worked closely with Employment Connection since 2008; in fact, they have been a recipient of all 11 Win Warehouse and Men’s Wearhouse suit drives to date. Brenda was unaware of the work we do at first, but after meeting us, she knew that we shared in her values and priorities in helping people and the community at large. In 2010, she and the Board of Employment Connection awarded us with The Board of Directors Award for Collaborative Partnerships at their annual meeting. We were honored to receive it and keep close to heart the quote contained within the award: “Meeting people halfway is the most significant trip we can take. We don’t work for each other – we work with each other.”
After so many years of serving others in need, Brenda will be retiring in January 2019, but we won’t let her retire quietly! In fact, Employment Connection decided to name their facility after her in recognition of her service to the St. Louis community. She was also recognized this past weekend at her retirement party (which we attended, of course!).
Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for our community, Brenda! You’ve climbed the mountain, and now we hope you enjoy the view to the fullest!