The Make Life Better program is changing lives. As a central point for the less fortunate in our area, we network with other community resources who can help our clients make their lives better. We continue to be amazed by the results and our volunteers at the Food Pantry are increasing their efforts to guide our clients to other local agencies so they can find support for their non-food needs.
So far in 2018 we’ve had over 400 households ask for help other than food. We guided 100 households for help with clothing, 55 for medical care, 49 for shelter, 36 for employment, 10 for GED help, 7 for counseling and 164 for help not specified. Although it is not always easy to get follow up on hose that ask for help, we have documented that at least 7 households have gotten help with clothing, 12 got help with rent and utilities, 7 have gotten eyeglasses through Lion’s Club, 1 found a job through the Goodwill Job Connection, 1 got housing help, 1 is now part of the Ripple of One program, 1 is part of the Ride To Work program, 1 got legal help and 8 have gotten medical help. We also know that 21 people have expressed interest in our Smoking Cessation Program and in fact, 4 have come back and told us they are in the process of quitting.
We love it when clients come back and tell us their success stories in getting help with utility bills, medical care, clothing, shelter, jobs and other assistance from the wonderful support network we have in Oconee County.
The loss of a job is not the only life transition our clients endure. Others suffer divorce or separation. We are seeing more seniors who have to unexpectedly take in grandkids. In each case, at least temporarily, they’ve lost a significant portion of their income, taken on additional mouths to feed, or been dealt a setback in housing, transportation, child care and other costs. With their lives in turmoil, someone suggests the Food Pantry and they come to us. We can at least assure them of a food supply, and with our Make Life Better Program we can guide them to other community resources to speed their path to self-sufficiency.
One client put it this way, “Dear Golden Corner, Thank you for your help and spiritual advice. It makes me feel like a person and not a person who doesn’t belong in this world.”
We are blessed with magnificent group of volunteers / interviewers who are in the trenches making this happen, one client at a time.
If you would like to support this program you can volunteer and/ or make a donation on this website. Check donations can also be sent to the Golden Corner Food Pantry, P.O. Box 456, Seneca SC 29679.