Generosity of Spirit

Jul 11, 2018

To the Editor:

Late afternoon on Friday, May 18, St. Francis Counseling Service was told by state licensing officials that we were not allowed to see clients in St. Francis Center due to rain damage to the building. Our clients really depend on the services we provide so this was a serious dilemma. On Monday we started reaching out to facilities in the area to request their help in providing temporary space.

We called Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Brant Beach and spoke to Pastor Anderson, who, without a moment’s hesitation, replied that we could count on them. The very next day Dawne Thumhart, council president, met with us to discuss the layout of the building and how we could have access. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tuckerton was also contacted to expand the access to space they already loan us and we were again met with a big resounding “of course.”

With this help we were able to resume client services within one week. Thankfully, a month later we were able to return to our center after temporary repairs were made to a roof desperately in need of replacement.

We at St. Francis Counseling Service want to express our gratitude for the generosity of spirit and sense of community we encountered from both of these congregations. Their response turned a near disaster into a positive experience of cooperation and goodwill. Their actions will never be forgotten; they are truly stewards of the community.

Sue Crane, clinical supervisor

St. Francis Counseling Service


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