Volunteering at Interfaith Outreach’s front desk has opened Sue Winzeler’s heart and mind to the reality of suburban poverty. From the moment a new person enters the reception area, Sue greets them with dignity and respect. Her personal commitment is reflected in the way she makes people feel comfortable as she gathers new client intake information and connects them with a case manager.
Volunteering has been part of Sue’s life for many years, but after learning about Interfaith Outreach, she realized it would fit with her goal of doing something broader for the community. She loves Executive Director LaDonna Hoy’s “cradle to career” philosophy and is impressed with the depth and quality of services.
Sue has compassion and respect for people of different backgrounds who are united in wanting to create a better life. She is humbled by homeless people who have “fallen through the cracks” and may be living in a car or shelter. She appreciates the opportunity to connect these folks with amazing case managers.
Sue is also touched by the generosity of others. Tears came to her eyes as she described two examples. The first was a young man who came in and quietly handed her a check for $10,000 not wanting any recognition. The second was a couple who had received services the prior year and somehow managed to save $100 to help others.
Thank you, Sue. Your kind and generous spirit have touched many.