SECOR provides food for more than 400 families each
month. The families are just like you
and me. They have made good choices in their lives, but something has happened that has
forced them to seek help from SECOR.
Noreen Plantz is such a person.
Noreen was the “American Dream” wife and mother when she
first married 20 years ago. She worked
as a marketing manager for a well-known paint supplier, and earned a very nice
income. She and her husband were able to
build and enjoy a custom home. When she began
to have children, Noreen happily decided, and was financially able, to stay at
home to care for her family.
That’s when the challenges began. Of Noreen’s five children, two have special
needs. After ten years of marriage, her
husband decided to leave the family, refusing to pay child support, and shortly
thereafter Noreen was called to care for her elderly mother as well as her five
children. Noreen was compelled to return
to work to provide for her family, but could not secure work in her marketing
field and so accepted an hourly wage retail job. Just as she felt that things could not get
more challenging, Noreen was diagnosed with Graves Disease and was forced to
stop working and accept disability income from her employer. Because of her disability income, as meager
as it is, she does not qualify for food stamps.
She sadly realized that she was unable to provide the very basics of
life – food – for her family. That’s
when she found SECOR.
Noreen has relied on the assistance of SECOR for 13
months. When asked what SECOR has meant
to her, this is what she said,
means the world to me. People at SECOR
don't make me feel less of a person because I have to use a food bank. The SECOR team is like old friends. It’s like going to Cheers where ‘everyone
knows your name’. They hug you. Everyone is so approachable. I am so grateful for what they do for
It requires an enormous amount of courage for people to ask for
help. The staff and volunteers at SECOR
consider it a privilege and honor to serve Noreen and all the families that
come to us for help. Our mission is to
fill the gap of immediate need by providing food for families, but more
importantly, our heart and intention is to restore hope and faith in love and
with respect – to show something of Jesus to those we serve through all that we
say and all that we do.
Thank you, dear friends, for helping SECOR fulfill its
mission! We could not do what we do