debby’s volunteer story
Devoted to building community.
Every second and fourth Wednesday, you’ll find Debby Metzger preparing and loading boxes of food at the drive-by pantry of the SVDP Ministry of St. Isaac Jogues in Parkville, where they serve up to 120 people every month.
“The pantry is where we are able to touch the most people” Debby confided. More than a reliable resource, the pantry is a lifeline for many. In addition to providing the basics, volunteers offer coffee and tea, as well as a surprise gift, a chat, a laugh, and a prayer.
This is all in keeping with Debby’s devotion to building community and providing a genuine environment of sharing. “It’s so important that the tone we set is one where guests feel welcome, comfortable, and connected to a group and individuals who care” Debby elaborated.
The former President and current Vice President of the conference insists “It’s the group that makes it work. Despite differences, our volunteers come together with grace and friendship that spill over to our guests.”
In addition to the pantry, the Ministry provides financial assistance for emergencies such as utility cutoffs, medications, and other critical family expenses. When funds aren’t available for those who call, Debby directs them to other resources that might meet their need.
Not one for the limelight, Debby makes a point of crediting Deacon Jim Westwater and President Irma Haak for supporting the conference’s good works, as well as the generous congregants who donate food and funds despite hard times.
Regardless, it is clear that the only thing to rival Debby’s dedication, compassion, and kindness is the positive impact she makes on the many lives she touches.
It’s so important that the tone we set is one where guests feel welcome, comfortable, and connected to a group and individuals who care.