We bid farewell to our wonderful founders and longtime supporters, Olin Mott (March 5, 1921 – July 3, 2013) and Dottie Berger MacKinnon (February 19, 1942 – October 2013). Together with Greg Johnson, Jim Zimmerman, and the late Bob Thomas, they built a safe haven for abused children with Joshua House. Since 1996 they have provided comfort and loving homes to over 1500 of this community’s vulnerable foster children and teens.
Olin Mott was a caring soul that wanted every child to benefit from a good education. He not only founded Joshua House, but he also created the USF Tutor-A-Bull program. Mr. Mott never let you forget that having good self-esteem and confidence was the foundation for a child’s success. He always wanted every child to feel special and unique.
Dottie Berger MacKinnon was a tireless child advocate for foster children throughout our state. She also founded the Friends of Joshua House Foundation, Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, and A Kid’s Place. She would move mountains to assure that the needs of the children came first and foremost.
Although they left us too soon, they lived their lives with dignity, integrity, and grace. Their actions inspired many people to make a difference in Tampa Bay and beyond. Their service to our children transformed lives and has left an indelible footprint on our community. We are truly better for having known them.
Rest in peace dear friends, know that we hold your torches high and will carry on the good fight in your honor and in your memories.
~Board of Directors, Friends of Joshua House Foundation