Sister Sharee Helps the Poor and Those in Need in Northeast Wisconsin:
Sister Sharee H ministers to individuals who are in financial crisis through LEAVEN, a nonprofit organization based in Menasha, Wisconsin. She works as an interviewer, meeting with clients in need and working with them to determine how to best help them through financial assistance, referrals and case management to address both their urgent and long-term basic needs.
LEAVEN’s primary function is to provide emergency financial assistance to address critical needs such as paying for rent, utilities,car or home repairs, health insurance premiums, or other basic necessities to help get individuals through times of crisis.
Their resource center breaks down the barriers to self-sufficiency and long-term wellness by connecting clients to a wide variety of social services under one roof, including educational opportunities, job resources, veteran’s services, mental health services, financial counseling, public benefits, legal assistance, domestic abuse advocacy, mentoring and more.
In addition, for the last year Sister Sharee has been volunteering with Community Circles of Support, a volunteer-run program of Goodwill Wisconsin that helps people transition from incarceration to the community.
Sister Sharee was assigned to a group of 13 men who were newly released from jail or prison. Along with other volunteers, she meets with the group once a week for two hours. The purpose is to provide support through positive social interaction with members of the community. Members and volunteers help jointly develop plans to help these individuals to become productive citizens.
The weekly group meetings help reduce the likelihood of recidivism by using evidence-based practices, including pro-social support, identification and breakdown of barriers, resource linkage and temporary job placement at Goodwill if necessary.Topics of discussion typically focus on helping members find a place to live, a place to work, and the goals they want to achieve. Volunteers like Sister Sharee focus on listening and asking questions of participants, which help them discover their own path to success. Volunteers also take members to appointments, help with job searches via
computer, and assist with practicing interviews.
Sister Sharee also has a ministry of prayer in which she prays daily for extensive needs listed in her special prayer book, and a ministry of letters in which she writes letters to those who need to have their spirits lifted and are in need of friendship.
Thank you Sister Sharee for your dedicated service to helping those in need in so many ways!
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