Woodbury church, Morris camp volunteers organize plan to feed families

From left are volunteer drivers Judy Harmon, Russ DePace, BettyLou Bowles, Peter Bowles and Ben Thompson, director of Food Services at Camp Washington. (Missing are Erika Hale, Joan Wilson, Carolyn Happy, Gregg Douglas, Karen Nash and Volunteer Coordinator Marianne Daly.)

MORRIS — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church members in Woodbury recently decided to form a “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” effort to regularly prepare and deliver meals twice a week to Waterbury families.

In response, according to Rector Tuesday Rupp, Dylan Mello, Northwest Region missionary for the Episcopal Diocese in Connecticut, got in touch to help.

Mello secured a grant from the Diocese to fund the mission and enlisted help from Camp Washington in Morris. The plan was to have the Director of Food Services prepare the meals to be delivered by a group of twelve volunteer drivers.

Mello said, “I’m so grateful to the ministry of Bart Geissinger (Executive Director) and Ben Thompson (Director of Food Services) at Camp Washington. They have been so instrumental in the success of this program.

“The volunteers have really put so much effort and engagement as well to make it successful, in addition to the collaboration of our social workers who walk along with us,” Mello said. “This program launched at the end of September and has been going since.”

The Rev. Rupp said, “It’s a hard time for so many, and it is also a time when so many are stepping up to help and share. The families that total 52 people, have been identified as needing help by Angelique Pearson, a social worker for the state of Connecticut, who has been a tremendous support.

“We plan to continue this through 2020, and hopefully beyond. We always need volunteer drivers,” Rupp said.

Those who wish to become a volunteer or make a donation to St. Paul’s program can contact Rupp at 203-263-3541 or mail a check to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 5002, Woodbury, CT 06798 with a notation that it is for “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”

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