Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement: March 2016

by Donna Clark RN, Director

Life here in the basement can get very hectic and demanding but all of us walk away feeling blessed at the end of the day. When clients come to us for help we do all we can to meet their needs. Most of the time we are able to help them or at least guide them to services or health care if they are willing to follow through. People come to us for dental care, eye care, medication assistance, help filling out forms, or just fellowship as they rest inside from the cold. We can’t describe how good we feel when we are able to set up a dental appointment for a client who is in severe pain or pay for glasses for someone who hasn’t been able to see clearly for months.

Often at the end of the day, as we discuss what has happened, we share with each other the joy of helping those in need. Sometimes it is amazing how just giving someone a razor will create a sense of accomplishment for us and cause the client to feel clean and socially acceptable. Self-respect means a lot to all of us and simple things like hygiene supplies or a pair of clean socks makes all the difference in a person’s life.

Recently a young woman came to us looking for financial assistance for her dental care. She had multiple issues and could not afford the care needed. When she learned she qualified for our assistance and she would be able to get all of the dental care needed she began to cry. She had been suffering severe pain for months and was unable to find money to pay for her care. Our grant money made a difference in her life. I can’t begin to describe the feeling in my heart as she walked out of the office. It was a blessing to help her and see how grateful she was. Working here and helping others is a joyous job and we all feel God’s presence as we serve the lost, the least and the last.

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 107:1