Meet Mary Langford, Vice President of Human Resources with San Diego Rescue Mission.
Mary came to the Rescue Mission 4 years ago when a former boss, who was filling in as the Human Resources Director, said her talent and expertise made her a perfect candidate and encouraged her to apply. She joined the Rescue Mission with more than 30 years experience working in human resources.
As Vice President of Human Resources, and a member of the Executive Team, Mary’s responsibilities are extensive — and she carries them out with grace and humility. “I spend my day collaborating with the management teams on employment issues, training, safety, policies, and providing resources for staff. I also lead the HR department and mentor the HR Staff to excellence, oversee recruiting, and collaborate with vendors to obtain affordable benefits that staff can and will use.” She believes in embracing challenges and finding ways to help Rescue Mission staff carry out their jobs even better. Part of that means navigating the separation of church and state. “I spend time daily with God and government — who said church and state can’t get along? I make sure we stay current with the federal and state laws to help keep staff compliant while representing our Mission, Vision and Values.”
Mary is a tireless supporter of Rescue Mission staff and clients. “My heart goes out to those who are here.” She takes time to truly listen to challenges, and help find the ideas, resources — and prayers – to help solve them. Every story of helping is close to her heart. “Just caring is huge, I don’t keep a scorecard, I don’t have a portfolio of success stories, everyone I come in contact with is a success in some way. I’m just glad and humbled to be a part.”
Central to Mary’s sense of purpose at the Rescue Mission is the belief that we’re here to do more than make money. Rather, we’re here to be “God’s servant leaders,” and always to help those in need. As we do that, we can also make the greater community aware of all the good work the Rescue Mission does.
“I am blessed to be here and be a part of something bigger than any of us,” Mary added. “As said in 1 Peter 4:8-10, And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.