Sister Sharee Helps the Poor and Those in Need in the Fox Valley of Wisconsin:
Sister Sharee helps many people in need through many ministries. One of her primary ministries today is working with people who are in financial crisis through LEAVEN, a nonprofit organization based in Menasha, Wisconsin. She works as an interviewer, meeting with clients in need and working with them to determine how to best help them through financial assistance, referrals and case management to address both their urgent and long-term basic needs.
LEAVEN’s primary function is to provide emergency financial assistance to address critical needs such as paying for rent, utilities, car or home repairs, health insurance premiums, or other basic necessities to help get individuals through times of crisis.
In addition, for the last year Sister Sharee has been volunteering with Community Circles of Support, a volunteer-run program that helps people transition from incarceration to the community.
Sister Sharee was assigned to a group of 13 men who have been released from jail or prison and are on probation. Along with other volunteers, she meets with the group once a week for two hours. The purpose is to provide support through positive social interaction with members of the community. Members and volunteers help jointly develop plans to help these individuals to become productive citizens.
The weekly group meetings help reduce the likelihood of recidivism by using evidence-based practices, including pro-social support, identification and breakdown of barriers, and resource linkage.
Topics of discussion typically focus on helping members find a place to live, a place to work, and the goals they want to achieve. Volunteers like Sister Sharee focus on listening and asking questions of participants, which help them discover their own path to success. Volunteers also take members to appointments, help with job searches via computer, and assist with practicing interviews.
Sister Sharee is also the Liaison for the St. Clare of Assisi Region to U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, and serves as the SSM representative for involvement in trafficking and other social justice issues such as immigration.
This role involves working with agencies who are currently providing service in the area of trafficking, requesting program goals and budgets, reviewing requests, submitting recommendations to the region administration, distribution of funds awarded, oversight for stewardship responsibility, and encouragement of collaboration between others working in trafficking.
Sister Sharee helped coordinate support for direct service agencies, an educational video for high-school students, legal aid to assist in removal of crimes related to trafficking for survivors, collaboration with LCWR region 9 in bus signage and billboards in major cities in Wisconsin, collaboration with Catholic Bishops and the Archbishop in providing educational literature and a video to all Catholic parish social concerns committees in Wisconsin, collaboration with Ascension Wichita, Tulsa and Wisconsin in providing education to all health care associates in signs of trafficking, and development of service providers in their areas.
She also has active prayer and petition ministry in which she prays daily for anyone asking for prayers, which includes going through the extensive list in her special prayer book and contacting persons regarding their requests. On Sundays, she has ministry of letters in which she writes to anyone God brings to her mind who may need to have their spirits lifted and are in need of friendship, offering support and prayers.
Sister Sharee has been deeply blessed by God and is passionate about sharing this love and goodness with others.
Before she "retired," Sister Sharee dedicated many years to helping others in healthcare as a Medical/Surgical Supervisor, Psychiatric Clinical Specialist, Director of Nursing, Instructor, Administrator, and most recently, as a Patient Advocate.
She also served as the Director of an AODA Clinic for many years, helping those with addictions.
In addition, Sister Sharee has served in many positions in leadership for the Congregation and on many committees and Boards.
Thank you Sister Sharee for your many years of dedicated service to helping those in need in so many ways!