New Serra Club Provides Help to Shalom Center
The new Serra Club of Northeast Houston which was just chartered this past year has been providing significant services to Shalom Center since its founding under President Donna Rueby. The new club consists of parishioners from Saint Martha Parish in Kingwood, Saint Mary Magdalene Parish in Humble, Saint John of the Cross in New Caney, and Saint Phillip in Huffman.
For the residents of Shalom Center on Easter Sunday, Serrans provided an entire homemade dinner, one of a series of such dinners that the club has offered to provide to the priests and sisters in residence.
One resident said afterward, “You could tell this was a labor of love by many people. It helped to make this an enjoyable but also a very meaningful Easter Sunday. Many prayers were offered for our generous cooks from the Serra Club.” The effort was coordinated by Maggie and Mark Halleck.
Plans are underway for a Bar-B-Q cookout for Shalom’s residents for the Fourth of July holiday.
Another big project of the Serrans is the providing of a corps of volunteer drivers for Shalom’s residents to doctor’s offices, other appointments, pharmacies and even a Houston Astros baseball game. Coordinated by Nick Quinn, there are now ten Serrans who are volunteering their time and vehicles to assist the residents to outside appointments.
Daniel Kidd, Executive Director of Shalom Center, said, “This new program has been working wonderfully well for our residents, as the priests, brothers, and sisters see real tangible support for them and their restoration to health by these dedicated lay men and women in the Serra Club of Northeast Houston.”
In October, Kidd presented a program at Italiano’s for the Serrans on Shalom Center and its mission of restoring clergy and religious to lives of wellness and future service. The month of March saw Father Tom Thomas, the Clinical Coordinator, present a Lenten program to the members on Lent as the “springtime of the Church.”
Mary Grace Muck is the Vice President for Programs of the club and coordinated the presentations by Shalom Center staff.