By Sister Carren
In my position as Payee Coordinator at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries I manage the social security benefits of clients who have a mental illness and need help getting their bills paid on time. They never have enough spending money, yet most are happy with the little they have. Recently I was inspired by one of my colleagues…
Denise came to our agency as an AmeriCorps volunteer. I didn’t know much about her until I heard the talk she gave when receiving an award from her alma mater. In the course of her remarks she said, “After convincing myself that I would be able to live on less money than I had been making as a social worker, (and it was hard), I interviewed at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries and knew after leaving that if they were to offer me the position I would say yes. There is an atmosphere of hope and possibilities there, and I wanted to be a part of that.”
Denise has a Masters degree in social work and is now an Ohio Benefit Bank counselor helping adults get supportive living benefits to allow them to better become or remain self-sufficient. She is also certified as a foster/adoptive parent and will be welcoming her first child any day now. She could be making a lot more money somewhere else, but she is fulfilled by her work and her long list of volunteer activities. She and my clients are a witness to all of us that having little money can be enough.