In case there are some new readers of this blog, please know that we are deeply involved with a non-religious, nonprofit public charity which was originated to serve unmet needs for patients and families who come to the UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Teresa is the coordinator for our on-going food project for caregivers in her clinic and for wider distribution throughout the social worker network in the hospital.
Yes, I have experienced this many times over my 30 years as a social worker. I also experience at the hospital the same thing when non-English speaking families struggle to tell the cafeteria workers what they want to eat, or their embarrassment of not having money to eat. It is times like this, the blessings of Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS)
enable me to feed these loving parents and to reassure them through the interpreter that it is okay to ask for help. I hear frequently “Gracias,” or “Thank you,” when they realize they will be fed. Please accept my gratitude for all you and IHS do for those with the least.
If anyone else has experienced an opportunity for an act of kindness, with how you or another responded, please do relate for sharing.
Blessings…Rev. Elisheva Clegg