Helping the Poor in Haiti From a Wheelchair
By Sister Anne F.
Each time Sister Dale spoke about her experiences with the Mercy presence in Haiti, called Focus on Haiti, I came away with the question, “How can I share in this?”
This call was compelling, especially when it came from our Mercy governance body and a team of Sisters traveling to Haiti to discern how we can most effectively support ongoing service to the poor in view of decreasing numbers and vocations.
I am blessed to have some computer skills and some creative ideas so it did not take long to begin inviting the residents and staff here at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Residence in Portland, Maine to join me in raising funds for Haiti through a monthly food sale. It was my joy to provide promotional posters and to enjoy everyone’s participation in this event.
We were all delighted to send $800 to the Haiti team from our September-October sales. The money will go to the food programs for the children in Haiti, as well as Kay Pov, the poor house for abandoned elderly.
We are often reminded that Mercy’s foundress, Catherine McAuley, connected people, the rich with the poor. It’s great to be part of that blessed charism today, especially from a wheelchair.
Pictured here: Sister Anne F. (right) with one of the baked goods sold to raise money for the Mercy project in Haiti. Sister Anne has multiple sclerosis and has been confined to a wheelchair for 20 years.