Friday, January 25, 2013

Carter May Home and Lowcountry Reflections

            The Carter May Home provides care to the elderly and currently has 23 residents living in it. This home is not only a living facility for seniors, but also provides activities, healthcare services, events, beauty services, and more. Administrator Janine Bauder was introduced in this post and shared this reflection on 2012:

“I am very proud of the WWII Veterans that live at our facility. We have three that were in the Navy and one that was in the Army Air Corp. The stories that they tell are remarkable and they definitely have a connection with one another.  One veteran continues to volunteer at the Yorktown once a week so he is still serving to keep the history alive and real. One veteran who just joined us was a POW for 9 months in Germany, so I look forward to hearing more of his story. Having them at Carter-May Home/ St. Joseph Residence gives us the opportunity to honor them for their service and sacrifice to our country.”

2012 saw a change in leadership in our Lowcountry office. Pam Rice began fulfilling the role of Lowcountry Regional Coordinator. Pam now oversees Our Lady’s Pantry, a food pantry that provides nutritious foods to people of need in South Carolina’s Lowcounty. Pam enjoys getting to know her clients and caring for their spiritual needs as well as their physical needs.

 “A woman came from London, England, to live in Beaufort after marrying a military man from the USA. After he passed away, she came close to losing her. To top off her list of troubles she told us she had just been released from the hospital the day she came to see us. She had no money for food. Naturally, we helped her and I knelt down at her feet, held her hands and prayed for her and all the hardship she had experienced in the past 6 months. When I finished praying for her she looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, ‘That was even better than the food you are about to give me. Thank you so much.’ ”

We all feel blessed to be able to do this work and are glad to share these stories with you. These reflections on 2012 will continue on Monday when we hear from the Piedmont and Pee Dee offices. If you are interested in learning more about our programs, offices, and getting involved, please visit our website.

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