Older Adult Receives Assistance with Utility Payment
"If I can help myself I don't need to come here to you all."
Lydia, an older adult, came to Seton Center last summer for assistance with a utility bill. She had been hospitalized briefly and was having trouble making ends meet. As a result, she was past due on her account and pending disconnect on her electricity. Seton Center was able to help pay the past due balance to ensure that the electricity would not be disconnected. "This means so much to me. If I can help myself I don't need to come here to you all. I came here for food when my kids were young and you always helped me."
Help with Clothing, Food, and Utilities Sustains Family
"Seton Center has always been there for us."
Rhonda and her family have relied on Seton Center for food and clothing.
"You have helped my family tremendously. You will never know what this means to us."
One Black Tie Answers Need
"I just knew I had to find a black tie fast so I could start work."
A woman came to the Seton Center thrift store one day looking only for one black tie. She couldn't find one anywhere and appeared upset. The volunteer checked in the sorting room to see if there might be a tie that hadn't been put out yet and returned with a tie. Relief and gratitude were evident on the shopper's face. "I start a new job in a bakery tomorrow and I'm required to wear a black tie. I didn't know what I'd do if I couldn't find one. Thank you."
Feeding Hungry Children
"Do you think we're going to have some food to eat tonight?"
On a cold, snowy winter day, a grandmother and her young grandchildren were waiting in the Dental Services office while their mother was with the dentist. A dental assistant overheard one child ask, "Grandma, do you think we're going to have some food to eat tonight?" Grandma answered, "I'm not sure." The dental assistant shared that information with the dental director who reviewed the patient file and learned that the family had few resources. They also noticed that the children had only light, nylon jackets -- no protection for the frigid weather. Staff set to work immediately to pack bags of food from the pantry and opened the thrift store to find warm coats with hoods for the children. When the mother's appointment was over, the family walked down the hall only to be greeted by staff offering food and coats for the family. The children eagerly tried on their coats and modeled for staff. The grandmother and mother were grateful and overwhelmed by the unexpected assistance they received. "Yes, honey, you will be able to eat tonight," the grandmother said to the child as the family walked away.
A Special Room at Seton Center
"He knows he needs Jesus."
There's a small meditation room just off Seton Center's main hall where the quiet space, comfortable chairs, and a large cross beckon visitors. One day a staff member walking by overheard a mother down the hall calling to her son, "Come on, boy, let's go." As the staff person passed the open door of the meditation room she saw a teenage boy, hair in braids with baggy jeans, standing just inside the room, taking pictures. He hurried out and smiled sheepishly when he saw the staff member. "He knows he needs Jesus," the mother said. The meditation room provided a place for him to pause and reflect.
Soup Kitchen Volunteers Help Homeless Man With Dental Care
"When he comes to the soup kitchen, his jaw is always swollen. We want to help him."
The Dental Services staff received a call one day from a couple who volunteered at a local soup kitchen. They were worried about a homeless man they saw routinely at the soup kitchen and wanted to help. "Every time he comes for food, his jaw is swollen due to his bad teeth." They wanted to give Seton Center the funds to help and were sure that teeth would need to be pulled. He had such swelling that he needed antiobiotic treatment and was told to come back in two weeks to have several teeth pulled. After the appointment, the men went to the thrift store where they were able to receive blankets, socks, shoes, and winter coats. The caring volunteers at the soup kitchen helped the man receive the critical dental care he needed. Both men received items to keep them warm in the winter -- and the affirmation that people cared enough to help.
A Mother's Birthday Wish Comes True
"My two children have birthdays next week and I have nothing to give them. "
A young mother came to Seton Center for help with her electric bill. Members of her church sent her to Seton Center when she unexpectedly lost her job weeks before Christmas. As a staff member began to conduct a needs assessment, the woman burst into tears. "Both of my children have birthdays next week and this is the first time I have nothing to give them." The Seton team found socks, gloves, and hats, and gave them to the mother with paper so she could wrap them up for them. They also found a birthday cake that had been donated from a local grocer and gave it to her to freeze until their birthday. She not only received utility assistance, but also food from the pantry, and gifts that day.
Clothes and a Hygiene Kit Help Man Land Job
"I got the job! I probably won't have to come back to Seton Center for help."
Elbert had lost his job and needed some help. He came to Seton Center for assistance at Christmas one year. Another time he came and asked only for a hygiene kit (toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, toilet paper, soap, shampoo). A few months later he visited and asked for some clothing from the thrift store and a hygiene kit so he could go on a job interview. He landed the job!