It has become somewhat of a tradition to provide something of warmth for our participants and their children as cold weather looms:  Coats & Boots.  The staff give careful attention to gathering information about the sizes and needs of each child and of the clients who did not receive them last year.

This project takes hours of planning and many staff working to make all the pieces come together.  It also offers an opportunity to work together as a team, doing something a little different – like shopping.  And there’s the sense of satisfaction a case manager experiences in the happiness of her client and child.

Diana Weaver, County Case Manager in Clarion, commented, with pictures she shared: “This made my day this morning!  These two happy faces just tried on their new winter coats and mom sent a text thanking me.  They love them.”  Later that day Diana sent another picture: “Another happy coat recipient.” 

In addition, something new was offered in Erie:  The warmth of a bit a soup and adult companions with whom to enjoy it.  Introducing the Soup Express Café:

Tuesdays will find Sister Pat Witulski of Community Helpers and Cynthia Aulenbacher of Mending Place preparing and serving soup to SBEC participants in the small café created in Room 104.  

Cynthia shared news of the Grand Opening on November 29: “The Soup Express Café was a SOUP-er success!  We were happy to hear that our participants came for soup from their classes, and one even stopped by for soup in between work.  We had zero leftovers.  Looking forward to next time!”  

Given the sound of voices and laughter, plus numerous compliments offered on the soup, it’s a good bet the clients will look forward to Tuesdays in the Soup Express Café.  For the staff?  They are happy to offer another opportunity to nourish our participants – with food and with positive adult social interaction. 

This might be “something new” that joins the list of the “something old” traditions.

Enjoy the pictures.  They tell more of the story.