Seven volunteers from Minnesota and one from Wisconsin made up the 2010 Minnesota dream team. They joined Sr. Annemarie and Angie Martin from the Hammond office, and Tyneshia Wikinson and Brandon Vaughn ESL volunteers to help the staff at HealthVisions East St. Louis move to their new offices in June.
“Reaching out to those in need was exemplified though the Minnesota volunteers who worked untiringly to make our move bearable”
We are all convinced that the work that we do here in East St. Louis is ordained by God himself, not only did God send us volunteers but volunteers with the talent to make repairs, clean floors, upholster furniture and perform many other duties. We were so impressed with the energy level they displayed it was even difficult to get them to stop and eat lunch or just take a break. Without the Minnesota volunteers we would not have been able to continue transporting our care receivers, because we would have had to take time off to move. We salute the Minnesota volunteers and want them to know that we were so blessed by their willingness to help. There will always be a special bond between us. Hannah Brown HVESL
Bob Peichel, the organizer (or Boss Man as he is often referred to) had this to say: “Thanks to the PHJCs, their associates and staff for all you do for so many day in and day out. It is a privilege to be able to assist you in your ministries. You are my heroes.”
Some of the volunteers from Minnesota were former students of Sr. Annemarie. This is their 9th year of volunteering at PHJC ministries. They stayed at the homes of Associates Alice and Leo Kerkemeyer and their son Don and his wife Peggy. Thank you!