Donna Tobin, Development Manager at Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service and a parishioner at Sts. Joachim and Ann parish, describes the services at Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service: “As Christ served, we are called to serve. We are the largest social service agency in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties, with a focus on those in crisis facing homelessness and hunger. The key piece is when we get someone into our programs, we aren’t just helping them make a security deposit for a place to live, for example. We also help provide support through the transition. When we do that, we change not only families but entire communities.”
For Jade, the turning point came at Christmas. Unable to afford Christmas presents for his family, and feeling unworthy of the love of Jesus during that time, volunteers at Sts. Joachim and Ann provided him, his wife, and their children with presents, and one life-changing gift: “I felt like Superman again,” Jade smiles.
All Things New encourages us to become better stewards of our resources, which could help expand social service outreach across the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Over the next several years, Jade returned to the jobs he loves, working with his hands, and now owns an HVAC company, as well as two other businesses. His family is still intact and instead of receiving, Jade beams that he is now in a position to give.
“Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service freed my family. My daughter is in college because a case worker told me it would be okay. I am a walking testimony of the good that comes when we help one another.”