The Gift that Keeps on Giving
It’s been 10 years since Herbert came to Catholic Charities Community Emergency Services in need of prescription assistance, but he still says that his experience was life changing.
Herbert, 54, came to Mansfield from Atlanta, Georgia, in 2004 to visit his sick mother. His weekend visit turned into a permanent stay after Herbert gave his life to Christ and joined a local church.
“I had nothing. I had my own business in Atlanta, and I left everything there,” he said. “I had no job and no transportation.”
Herbert moved into his niece’s basement until he could get settled. While there, Herbert started having medical issues and was in need of prescription assistance. That’s when his niece told him about the Community Emergency Services program at Catholic Charities.
“She knew I needed prescriptions, and I didn’t have any resources,” Herbert said.
The Community Emergency Services program helps families and individuals in Richland and Huron Counties who are struggling to manage finances, pay bills or maintain a stable residence.
“I called Catholic Charities, and they gave me an appointment to come in. I did an interview and took a budgeting course.”
He received financial assistance for his prescriptions through the program.
“Having medical assistance alleviated a lot of stress. I was able to focus on other things like finding a house and getting a job.”
But it wasn’t just the financial assistance that helped Herbert while he was in need. The time and care of staff made an impact on him.
“It’s difficult sometimes to ask for help. The staff at Catholic Charities treated me with love and kindness, and it gave me a desire to help others. It helped me to get past the fact that I needed assistance.”
Today, Herbert is a case manager and program director at Family Life Counseling where he goes to local schools and works with at-risk youth. He is actively involved with his church and several other community organizations.
“The giving spirit of Catholic Charities’ staff was a seed that produced a much greater harvest. I now refer some of the people I help to Catholic Charities for food, housing and other services.”
“I think sometimes people give to Catholic Charities and really don’t see the fruits of it, but many lives are touched. Their gifts continue to give. By helping me, I am able to help others.”