It was a cool winter evening in 1985, and a number of parishioners were headed into the Church of the Redeemer for a meeting. The lawn sprinkler system came on and out of the bushes came a woman named Joy. She was homeless and living on the church grounds.
For the past two years I have been working at the homeless shelter, Resurrection House, as a counselor. People tend to refer to “the homeless” as a group. But, they are all individuals.
Lorene Bauck, Biology Instructor at the Sarasota Military Academy, recently contacted Resurrection House about her “Connecting Hand project. Lorene has started a club that would involve the Cadets in making sandwiches each week in November and finish it off with tote bags filled with “travel sized” toiletries for Christmas gifts.
I have always had a feeling of honor and gratitude each time I am invited to address a church congregation on Sunday morning. Such was the case in late October at Northminster Presbyterian Church. Being the recipient of their mission offering for the fourth quarter, a Resurrection House representative was invited to speak.
Even before she joined The Florida Bar, Michele Stephan understood the value of pro bono service. Stephen went to the Stetson University College of Law on a Public Service Fellowship from The Florida Bar Foundation and, while there, developed a program to providelegal services to the poor and volunteered at legal clinics. She was awarded the college’s Pro Bono Service Award in 1996, the year she earned her J.D.