Mitch Reinholt is one of our board members. In February of 2017 Mitch went to Honduras with us and put his everyday career as an optometrist to use in our communities!
How did you get involved with Humanity and Hope?
I fell in love with Honduras in 2006 on my first trip down. Through a life-long friendship with Riley and Jordan, I learned about the long-term, sustainable vision that they had for the villages they were partnering with. I thrilled when they asked me to become a part of that change by joining the board in 2015.
Why did you want to become a board member?
I was and am interested in being a board member for H&H because I believe in the vision. I see a future for the people we serve in Honduras that is successful and sustainable. I see strong relationships domestically, internationally, and spiritually. I want to give my time and energy to help make that vision a reality and I feel that serving on the board is the best way for me to do that right now.
What is your role as a member on the board?
I assist in defining the vision the villages we partner with. I am on the finance committee.
What is your life like day to day?
I am an optometrist and am purchasing a practice in my hometown of Warsaw, Indiana. My wife, Lindsay, and I have two children (Winnie and Archie).
What are your hopes and dreams for Humanity and Hope?
I see a great future for H&H. We are working hard to systematically build our internal infrastructure so we can maximize our effectiveness for the people we serve. I see a strong organization that is focused on strong relationships. I ultimately see success looking like this - the villages we have partnered with no longer need our physical support and because of that they will take the initiative to reach out to neighboring communities and help meet needs them in a similar way to what we have done for them.
Why would you encourage someone to get involved with Humanity and Hope?
I believe that we all have a life purpose in life and a mission that God has called each of us to complete. I believe that everyone should experience serving others and I believe one of the best ways to do that is on an international mission trip. I know that they way Humanity and Hope tries to serve people is different because it focuses on long-term change and sustainability through relationships. The relationships that I have seen develop are not only with the people we are trying to serve but also with the people we are serving beside. I would encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about one of our trips to take the leap and ask. I promise you won't regret it.