Our story began with a group of Louisville, KY moms and their social network, calling themselves H3: Helping Healthcare Heroes. In early March, they shared an all-points bulletin that staffers at area hospitals and other front-line workers faced a shortage of protective face masks, and they mobilized into action. Calling on their friends, they began to coordinate volunteer helpers and seamstresses to sew high-end filtered cloth masks.
H3 has continued their efforts with the cloth masks, and by early April, donated 2000+ of these to local hospitals and healthcare facilities in Louisville. But they realized that the need was so much greater. That's when they reached out and partnered with 502cares.
We joined alongside this grassroots effort, and started coordinating the effort to produce high-quality, medical-grade masks with a dedicated team, including two trusted and established Louisville organizations. Working with CrossRoads Missions, a mission-focused non-profit, and CRG Automation, a design and manufacturing company, has allowed us to move toward production of a higher volume of this critical medical protective equipment.
CRG Automation has been instrumental in furthering the product design and production development, supply chain management, as well as manufacturing, quality and distribution efforts. Together, we’ve secured the supplies required to produce and deliver 50,000+ masks! These life-saving masks went to those in most need, with specific emphasis on our first responders and hospital staff.
502Cares.org is now continuing their mission to serve our local community by creating solutions and providing assistance to our neighbors by meeting the current needs within Louisville, Ky. (502).
James and Melissa have fulfilled their personal goal of starting a charitable organization with 502cares, Inc. Missy is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who works for Phoenix Health Center providing Primary Care to the homeless population of Louisville. She has provided medical outreach at many local homeless shelters including Volunteers of America Family Emergency Shelter, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Jude’s, Wayside Christian Mission and UP for Women and Children.
Missy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She worked as a Critical Care Nurse in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston where she also received her Master’s Degree in Nursing. She volunteers at Epiphany Catholic Church as a Catechist where she teaches First Holy Communion to 2nd graders.
James is a graduate from Dallas Jesuit where he was first instilled with the serving mission of ‘Men for Others’. James went on to serve his country by attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY and serving 10 years in the Naval Reserves. ‘Acta Non-Vebra’ (Deeds Not Words), the academy’s motto, soon became something that James inherently took to heart in everything he set out to do. James is currently serving as the President of CRG Automation, a Louisville-based Automation company.
Helping others, giving back to the community and modeling service is not only important to making a difference and changing lives today but for cultivating the next generation.
Brian is a results-oriented supply chain and finance executive with a proven track record of success. During his 30-year career, he has analyzed and resolved complex and cross-functional business problems, saving billions in manufacturing, logistics, infrastructure, and procurement costs. He boasts extensive experience in planning, forecasting, budgeting, and business valuations.
Prior to joining the 502cares board & CRG Automation, Brian spent more than 20 years at two Fortune 500 companies — Coca-Cola and Corning — as well as a variety of roles at smaller companies and startups. Brian has participated on the Finance Committee of numerous Parish Councils and has led the Back to School Book Supply Drives for numerous Parish Clusters in Upstate NY.
Rob Minton is the founder and director of CrossRoads Missions. He graduated from Milligan College where he met his wife, now Dr. Beth Minton. Rob and Beth both share a strong background in missions and field service. Beth’s family served in Zimbabwe, Africa in the 70’s and 80’s. Beth also served with CrossRoads Missions and SVOSH (Student Volunteers in Optometric Services to Humanity).
Rob's introduction to missions was through multiple short- and medium-term opportunities in South, Central, and North America. These life-changing adventures showed him the effectiveness of service-based missions. Rob has a passion for solving problems and mobilizing the Church and Individuals to meaningful acts of service.