A Friend to Our Community
Tony McDade ’79, who retired this year as the executive director of United Ministries, received the Gordon L. Blackwell Alumni Service Award at Furman’s Bell Tower Ball in February. An ordained Baptist minister, McDade has devoted his mission and career to empowering community members in need and identifying the underlying factors that contribute to poverty.
“Without Tony, there’s a lot of things in the community that probably would not be accomplished,” said Dawn Dowden, chief operating officer of Homes of Hope, Inc., who received assistance with help from McDade 12 years ago during a period of homelessness.
“So when I think about the public good, he has represented Furman really well as an alum.”
United Ministries serves the Greenville area through a combination of homeless services, crisis assistance, and education and employment services that guide participants toward self-sufficiency.