Suzanne Pohli

Suzanne Pohli serves as Women’s and Children’s Ministries Coordinator in Community Outreach at Red Bird Mission. Suzanne oversees MIHOW, a program for women from pregnancy through age three; works with the ECD director to fill gaps in staff and programming; oversees the Summer Youth program; and runs an afterschool child care, tutoring and homework help program.  In addition, she operates the Commodities Supplementary Food Program for the elderly, and oversees the emergency food pantry and Family-to-Family food assistance program.

Suzanne and her husband, Bob, met at Morehead State University in Kentucky, just a few hours from Red Bird Mission. Suzanne graduated with a degree in Physical Education and Recreation.

After living in California for nine years, they moved to the east coast and ended up in Wilmington, Delaware with their children, Michael, Heather and Jennifer, where they were members of St. Paul’s UMC for 14 years.  Suzanne came to Red Bird Mission as part of a church team in 1997 and brought her husband back the following year.  They fell in love with the Mission and decided that someday they would come back to work full-time.  They spent the next 10 years participating in work camps twice a year, and praying for the time when they could serve year-round.

In April of 2008, Bob left his job of 22 years due to cut backs.  With their children grown and on their own, they realized this was the answer to their prayers.  They applied to Red Bird as full-time volunteers and were accepted, moving in November of 2008.

Because of her credentials in Early Childhood Education, Suzanne began serving in the preschool program, helping in the classrooms, monitoring the buses and doing weekly home visits with the children.  In May of 2009, a new position in Community Outreach for a Women’s and Children’s Ministries Coordinator was created and because of Suzanne’s background in child care and referral services, she was offered and accepted the position.

Suzanne and Bob live on the campus with their dog and two cats. They now have three granddaughters.

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