She does her best to either assist them or refer them to specific help.
Yet several times a day, Tammy bags up hygiene items and emergency food from the non-perishables closet to help a hungry person or family.
“They come in broken,” says Tammy, “living in their car or on the street. Most of them are grateful for whatever I can give them. And I remind them, this is just a season.”
From Tears to Good News
This happens in all three of our Social Services offices (Clermont, Winter Garden and Kissimmee). Additionally, every Saturday morning in these three cities, New Beginnings distributes a bag of emergency food to people in need at the Helping Hands Outreach.
Tammy remembers one woman who came in to her office crying.
“I said it was going to be ok, and she said back, ‘It is never going to be ok,’” remembers Tammy.
“I had her sit down and she told me her story. I listened, and gave her food and resources, and I prayed with her. When she left, I went to the rest room and I cried, too.”
Two to three weeks later, the woman came back with good news.
“They had jobs and a place to live. And she wanted to thank me. We prayed again and we hugged before she left.”
Our mission is to empower our neighbors in need to live responsible lives. Emergency food is one tool we use to move people forward.
Will You Adopt a Month?
Will you consider adopting a month by hosting a canned goods/non-perishables food drive in the coming 12 months? Here’s a list of our most needed items, and our goal is to keep all three service centers stocked year round.
Please email us at [email protected] to learn more.