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. In 2017 nearly 700 households asked for help other than food. We guided 295 households for help with clothing, 126 for medical help, 143 for help with shelter/home repairs, 72 for help with finding employment, 26 for education help, 30 for disability, pregnancy, spiritual or other counseling, and 250 others for help with rent, utility, or other needs. 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.