Jesus Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan resonates teachings of unbridled kindness with an unlikely hero helping a man who had been robbed, beaten and left for dead. The Samaritan used his blessings too, in turn, bless the life of another.
On July 12, Augusta lost a Good Samaritan: William “Bill” Hatcher Sr. Over the course of 40 years, Mr. Hatcher helped countless people in the CSRA get back on their feet, after getting back on his. In the early 1970s, he lost his job. With three teenagers preparing for college and bills to pay, this clever entrepreneur found opportunity in his unfortunate situation and created a job-finding engine leading to thousands of jobs.
Mr. Hatcher, founder of MAU Workforce Solutions, passed away leaving behind countless thankful beneficiaries of his noble service – including me.
Fifteen years ago, Mr. Hatcher took notice of a recent college graduate with no formal work experience and took the opportunity to get me on my feet in the working world. As an MAU employee, I have witnessed his Good Samaritan actions, observing people visiting his office for counsel on résumés, networking strategies and more. He seemed to thrive on helping others; he took an unselfish personal interest in each person. Mr. Hatcher connected with people from all walks of life, as he cared for them and empowered them with tools to help themselves.
The Good Samaritan story teaches us to be generous with our time and resources, and vigilant to the needs of others. Mr. Hatcher, our Good Samaritan, will be missed! May his giving legacy live on through the works of others.
North Augusta, S.C.