This show features Sister Isaac Koenig, a sister of the Society of Saint Ursula, and the director of St. Mary-Tileston Outreach Center which services almost 6,000 people per year with financial assistance, food, clothing, diabetic food, hygiene, household items and Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets.
The following from the UNCW press release on the Schweitzer Award:
Sister Isaac began what is now called the St. Mary's Social Outreach Program serving the needy of the Wilmington area. In 1991, inspired by St. Mary parishioners and at the urging of doctors within the parish, Sister Isaac began the St. Mary Outreach Clinic, now the Tileston Clinic, one of the area's largest, self supporting, non-profit health clinics serving the working poor.
Sister Isaac was also instrumental in the development and construction of the Hadden Hall Apartments, HUD sponsored housing for low income senior citizens as well as Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, a facility now housed in Grace Methodist Church that provides food for thousands of individuals and families.
Sister Isaac has served the community on the Board of Good Shepherd soup kitchen in the early years of its development and has been recognized for her work with many awards including the North Carolina Human Relations Award.
Today, the St. Mary Social Outreach has 150 volunteers who are actively involved in serving the poor by handing out food or cleaning and folding donated clothes. Within the past 2 years, Issac developed a program for diabetics that provides with assistance with dietary needs, and she organizes volunteers who make sandwiches for patients at the Tileston clinic while they are waiting for appointments.
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