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Stories of Hope and Encouragement from We Care I.N.C.

The following short stories are very real miracles that have happened. They are miracles through the eyes of our current donors and volunteers as well as miracles through the eyes of the families who are recipients of shared generosity.   All names have been changed to insure privacy for those who have requested help.

HOLIDAY MIRACLES

There were seven families on the waiting list for a Thanksgiving Meal Basket.  It was the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and the We Care staff did not have any donors to provide the meals.  All the donors had a family already and the distributions were over.  Then the phone rang.  The local Boy Scout troop was going to be doing a food scavenger hunt in town and they were hoping to provide 2 meal baskets... Did We Care have any families that would need the meals?  Yes!!  The next day, the troop leader came to the office with his truck packed full of food - 5 complete meal baskets were collected, 1 turkey, 1 ham and lots of miscellaneous food.  Excactly enough for 7 meals total!  The meals were taken to the We Care Food pantry and there, the last 2 meal baskets were put together.  God works even when we don't see a way for Him to do it.

An elderly gentleman came to We Care looking for help filling out his paperwork for Social Security.  After making an appointment with a specialist, he was then given the opportunity to go to the food and personal care pantries. After several appointments, he finished filling out his paperwork and it was submitted to the appropriate location.

A month later, he spoke with a Pastor about being homeless in just a few weeks. He had worked at a local store for 15 years but was no longer able to keep up due to pain in his back. He had filed for Social Security disability three times already, but had been denied each time. He had no money, no home, no job and no car. He was out of options and did not know where to go or what to do.

The pastor sent him back to We Care. After speaking with We Care office staff, he was taken by the We Care Transportation Ministry to the Holland Rescue Mission where he stayed for a few days. When the Mission needed him to leave due to a medical condition, We Care worked with South Haven Area Senior Services to provide him a place to go until he had surgery. After surgery, We Care was able to use emergency funds to provide him with temporary housing until he had recovered significantly to return to the Mission. During this time, We Care staff was also able to contact a Rehab Center, the Department of Human Services, Area Agency on Aging, South Haven Senior Services and many others. After 30 hours of case work, 10 staff members and a dozen agencies, We Care continues to work with him and will not give up until he is taken care of. We will let you know what happens next!

STORIES TO WARM YOUR HEART

Grace, an elderly lady, had never had to ask for help – until her husband passed away a year earlier. She came to We Care because she had been a donor for many years. After determining the main need she had was for heat in her home, We Care staff was also able to help her through our various pantries with food and personal care products. A year later, she was back on her feet and came into the office with a donation for $500. It was a beautiful moment and so many individuals were blessed by this act of graciousness. 

Steve was a single man taking care of his mom. He came in to We Care needing help with propane – an $800 fill. He didn’t know what the first step was in the process so the staff pointed him in the direction of the Department of Human Services. A week later Steve called the office to let us know that DHS was able to pay all but $80! Staff set up an appointment for him, paid the remaining amount, called the propane company and that day his tank was filled. He and his mom were able to sleep in a heated home that night.

A Family came to We Care looking for help with their heat bill. Sasha was desperate to heat her home and though she resided in Allegan County, she was in the We Care service area so she was able to make an appointment for help. There were no agencies that were able to help or provide assistance – she had reached her cap with DHS and ACRDC didn’t have any funding. The We Care heat ministry has a cap of $250 so could only pay half. Sasha came in to We Care a second time in tears and desperation. She couldn’t find any funding, her family had all passed away and therefore couldn’t help, and no friends had money to spare. The heat specialist offered to pray with her, and specifically asked God for a miracle. Sasha came back a few days later and said that a friend a “miraculously” came forward and offered the remaining amount to be paid. Sasha received heat for her home. She and the heat specialist were both blessed beyond measure.

Lily called the We Care office in September, when she had just received power of attorney for her parents. While trying to get their bills straightened out, she noticed that her mother and father had not paid the electric bill which ran their heat and it was about to be turned off. Lilly didn't have the extra money to keep her parents’ electricity on and neither did her parents. While talking to Lilly she confirmed that if the $1007.84 was paid then she would be able to maintain their account from now on. We Care staff spent a week calling other agencies and ministries to come up with the total amount of the bill. One of the reasons that money was so hard time to find was because most agencies and ministries heating funds were not open yet, same as ours, unless there was a special need. Because of the many years of contacts that We Care has developed and the good working relationships with our partners we were able to find the money for Lilly and her parents.

"Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’