“Excuse me, I need some help,” I heard from my office. A conversation that blew me away and proved
why I love this place ensued. The man began telling his story and I was so
intrigued that I got out of my chair and went up to where the conversation was
taking place to hear it unfold.
“I just need to know how to stop it,” he said. “I am so thankful for your help, but now I
don’t need it.”
The gentlemen had come into our offices in November after he
had lost his job. He was desperate to
feed his wife and his children. He made
an appointment and filled out an application for food stamps. This is a scenario we see a lot coming into
our offices. Typically they are frazzled
and see a little light in the outreach and application assistance we offer
through our Outreach Department.
Many people come in and need immediate help because they
thought they could find work in a hurry but after a month and bills they find
their checkbook empty. That desperation
of a mom or a dad is palatable when they walk into our office.
Our Outreach Coordinator always treats her clients with dignity
and respect. I think sometimes she’s a
therapist, and encourager, and their champion all in one meeting. She does a fantastic job of playing all
three. She hears all kinds of
heartbreaking stories and still finds a way to turn their situation around and
make it positive.
Back to the gentleman that came in our offices. He explained that he had gotten a job and it
was better than his last job. He just
had one problem, he didn’t know how to go about canceling his foods stamps. He
actually said, he didn’t need them and his application was good for a few more
months, but he wanted to go ahead and stop them now.
I stood amazed. This
is exactly why we do what we do. We
utilize the program/safety nets available to help people. Helping people is the core of our