Through his work with Tallatoona CAP, Lucus M. Myrick delights in helping families reach their full potential. Currently serving as the services coordinator for Tallatoona CAP's Human Resource Development Center, the Cartersville resident joined the organization last year.
"I would love for the public to know that we have been in operation for over 50 years and our organization serves seven counties year-round," said Myrick, who works at Tallatoona CAP's Douglas Street office. "Whether its Early Head Start, Regular Head Start, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Weatherization or the Pathways to Empowerment Program, Tallatoona is committed to moving community members toward self-sufficiency, whatever that next step may be. I think that working for Tallatoona has made me more aware of the housing issues we are having in the community and the need for more affordable housing."
Name: Lucus M. Myrick
Occupation (title): HRDC services coordinator
City of residence: Cartersville
Family: I’m one of four siblings and a fifth-generation Bartow resident. Most all of my family can be found within the county lines or very close by. With such a close family, my parents and grandparents instilled in me the values of honesty and putting in hard work in everything that I do.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Kennesaw State University, and a graduate of Cartersville High School.
The Daily Tribune News: When did you join Tallatoona CAP, and why did you initially want to be a part of this organization?
LMM: I joined Tallatoona in October of 2017. I have honestly always wanted to be a part of Tallatoona because of its long-standing history in the community and all that the organization does to impact individuals and families.
DTN: Provide some details about your professional background, and what drew you to this line of work.
LMM: I began mentoring at-risk youth in our local school system at the age of 16 through the FBLA club. During this time, I feel like I developed my desire to serve the community. During my high school and early adulthood years, I worked at the local Target and volunteered in the community at every opportunity that I could. During my 20s until now, I worked for and volunteered for several nonprofit organizations as well as served on the National Advisory Board for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center under the National Safe Place Network. It was during this time that I assisted with several committees that facilitated their national conference and other training opportunities for nonprofits.
DTN: What is your title at Tallatoona CAP, and describe your role.
LMM: My title is the Human Resource Development Center services coordinator. My role is to focus on education and employment for all the individuals and families we see in our office through our Pathways to Empowerment Program. I assist in resume building, employment searches, employment applications, interviewing skills, FAFSA [Free Application for Federal Student Aid] applications, college applications, payment assistance for any incidentals along the way for our families and referrals to other agencies.
DTN: Since arriving at Tallatoona CAP, what have some of your most rewarding/memorable moments been?
LMM: One of the most rewarding moments for me in my job is seeing a family through their journey to self-sufficiency and being able to assist along the way. I feel that it is our duty in the community to provide not only the resources, but the knowledge to go along with what we are assisting with to ensure a family is able to meet their own needs in the future. Being able to see the change a pair of work boots makes for an individual or how a parent obtaining a GED impacts their entire family is truly a blessing.
Another very special and memorable moment was my first day in my office here on Douglas Street. I was honestly so nervous and had the first day feelings we all have. However, after being in the office for not even an hour, I felt like I was at home with my coworkers and the colleagues we share our building with. I cannot say enough good things about all of the people I work with across my organization as well as in the other partners we work with within the building here.
DTN: What is your greatest professional and/or personal achievement?
LMM: I think that the growth I have experienced over my professional career is my greatest achievement. I really enjoy seeing community members that still remember me mentoring in the elementary schools or when I worked at Target. Being able to progressively move in a positive direction is an amazing thing to reflect back on.
DTN: If you were not in your line of work, what would you like to do?
LMM: I would love to be a stand-up comedian. Everyone always tells me I have a funny story to go along with most situations.
DTN: How would you describe yourself in three words?
LMM: Authentic, loyal, persistent.
DTN: What is the best advice you have ever received?
LMM: In the end, only kindness matters. It’s a song quote, but something that I do my best to live by daily.
DTN: What do you like to do in your spare time?
LMM: Carpool karaoke. Some of the city may have been privy to this at the local red lights.
DTN: Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?
LMM: The Allatoona Dam Overlook at the Lake Allatoona Visitor Center. It is always so peaceful there, and it is a place where I have been able to sit and reflect since I was a teenager.