Elsie McCabe Thompson: NYC Mission Society President

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My Native Admission Statement: When I wake up in the morning, I set an intention to do one more thing that helps one more person. I make it a personal mission to encourage staff, volunteers, and donors to join me in building that momentum. I believe that together, we can move each other and our community members one more step forward, one day at a time. Offer help to others, not because it feels good for you, but because it simply is good. I think everyone should try one thing that makes you just a little bit scared every year—to push our comfort zones. We have to dare to do things we never thought we could. At Mission, we use this philosophy to help innovate all of our programs and services.

What do you love most about Your City?

The subways, full stop. There is simply no other city in the world that brings together so many different types of people into the same space, at the same time. This is where we witness humanity and the beauty of diversity in its fullest form. I truly prefer lunch and dinner foods to traditional breakfasts. If I had to choose, I would say Il Café Latte on Lenox between 119th and 120th streets.

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