It is so rewarding to follow a case from its first step to final resolution and see that the child is placed in a safe, loving environment.
2012 Celebrity Cruise Honoree
Missie Noel was born and raised in Louisiana. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi, earning a degree in Early Childhood Education, and then went to work as a flight attendant for five years.
"That was a great experience," says Missie, "having the opportunity to travel the world and meet so many wonderful people was such a gift." She returned to Louisiana, where she took a job as the Volunteer Coordinator for Children's Hospital. Currently, Missie is the Society and Features writer for her regional newspaper, The Advocate.
Missie volunteers for a wide variety of charitable endeavors, including the Court Appointed Special Advocacy (CASA) Program, where she represents the interests of abused and abandoned children. Each case takes from six months to two years to finalize. Missie interviews all the people involved – parents, teachers, neighbors, social workers – and works to get the best possible outcome from an often-terrible situation.
Missie is also a ‘Wish Grantor' for the Make-A-Wish Foundation where she has been volunteering for the past six years. "This is a wonderful program," says Missie, "and it always seems to bring such pleasure to the children and their families."
Volunteering is really a family affair for the Noels, who founded and run four charities. Through Warm Hearts, the family collects items like blankets, coats, gloves, and boots to keep people warm. So far, they have donated over 13,000 items to service agencies in the state as well as national disaster relief efforts.
Sean's Factor was created because Missie's son Sean has hemophilia, and is missing a clotting factor in his blood. Through this charity, the family raises money to send children with hemophilia to a medically staffed summer camp. St. Tammany Remembers is a program that recognizes and honors local veterans. And finally, the family has a book drive to establish a small library at the local mental health facility in Mandeville. "My children are very instrumental and active in each program," says Missie. "We are blessed to serve."
Missie and her husband Jim have two children, Annie (19) and Sean (17). Jim will join Missie on the cruise.