The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities along with several lay volunteers travel each summer to David, Kentucky to provide home repairs for people in need through the sisters Franciscans in Action (FIA) program.
Cheryl Wagner of Glenshaw, Pa. said she had been looking for a meaningful way to serve others. She eventually learned about the program while reading her church bulletin. It was an opportunity to “serve people as Jesus did, by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and sheltering the homeless,” said Cheryl Wagner, a volunteer from Glenshaw, Pa.
Together, the sisters and volunteers focused on building a home for Sandy, a single woman whose house was in such bad repair that nothing could be salvaged. Sandy watched with excitement as the group laid floors, trimmed windows and doors, cut countertops, hung doors and painted. “The best part of the week was knowing that we were making a difference for a woman in need – and not just ‘a woman,’ but a person, Sandy,” said Sister Annie Bremmer, OSF, pastoral associate at Sts. John and Paul Parish in Sewickley, Pa.