From Michael Carsten, OSF,
of St. Aloysius:
Sarim came to St. Aloysius’ office in downtown Detroit asking for a food bag. He and his wife, refugees from the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, lost everything due to a job loss and the death of a dear relative. All their belongings, including his official papers from Cambodia, were emptied out of a storage locker due to nonpayment. The couple came to Detroit from Pontiac and found an apartment next door to St. Aloysius; with government assistance, they took residence.
Sarim was given a food bag plus sandwiches, hygiene kits, and blankets (he and his wife are sleeping on the floor); gratefully and quietly he left, only to return the next day. Sarim had a frightened look on his face as he said, “I have nothing to cook the food in—I can’t take it anymore—please believe me—I’m not lying—come look in my home—I have nothing—I need help.”
Because of the support of donors, the St Al’s Faith Community Nurse, Kathleen Ruth, was able to send two student nurses to his home to assess their situation. Through connections of the volunteers, furniture was found was delivered and, thankfully, we had Wal-Mart Gift Cards from benefactors that allowed us to purchase all the kitchen ware that was needed. Appointments were set up for health assessments.
Thank you for helping people like Sarim by supporting the Neighborhood Services program at St. Aloysius in Detroit.