Weekly Volunteers

Ask any nonprofit agency who keeps them going and you'll get the same answer: volunteers!

At the Franciscan Connection, we are no different. We rely heavily on the generosity of others to keep us runnning.

Several dedicated retirees have helped us every week - both in the office and out in the field - by answering phones, doing office work, greeting clients, and tackling a myriad of minor home repair projects. Their help enables us to assist many more people, and for that we are truly grateful!

Every Monday morning, our clients will be welcomed by the cheery smile of SHERRY STEVENSON.  She is also a member of theSecular Franciscan Order and has had a long-time love of Saints Francis & Clare. 

A retired teacher, Sherry still keeps active in a variety of activities at her home parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Oakville, as well as in the South County Kiwanis.

MARY JANE KUBIK responded to an announcement made at her parish, St.Wenceslaus over ten years ago and has been volunteering for us ever since.

Besides answering phones and greeting clients, Mary Jane also completes the bank balance and keeps the books for the Connection. She learned her skills at Famous Barr, where she worked in an office completing the budget and performing other management duties. She keeps volunteering to help other people, and because "it gives me something to do," she says with a laugh.

When her husband Joe is out in the field with Bro. Donald and the SxS Project gang, JUDY CLAES is busy working here in the office. She assists in bulk mailing and all sorts of other projects going on at FC.

Judy recently pitched in her efforts at the Back to School Drive, which gave over 400 children necessary shool supplies. Judy is the mother of 5, and recently retired from physical therapy.

MARTY GRADE has been pitching in on our weekly handyman projects for several years.  Retired from Emerson Electronics & Space and from Accent Manufacturing, he now enjoys helping our senior citizens and other families in need of basic home maintenance and emergency repairs.  He can be found crawling through dusty attics or under kitchen sinks to remedy problems.  Marty is a member of St. Anselm's parish in the Creve Couer area.

Similarly, WALLY FELD recently retired from the Corps of Civil Engineers.  Wanting to keep busy and lend a hand, he began coming out to the Franciscan Connection once a week to help Bro. Donald tackle a variety of home repair projects -- from sidewalk patches to replacing a roof.

Though he is currently a parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Oakville, Wally grew up right here in the neighborhood and is still very active at St. Francis deSales Church here in South St. Louis.


PAUL LOHMULLER joined us in July of 2007 and has been a helpful and positive addition to our organization

Paul is a carpenter by trade but comes along for all sorts of different repairs. His experience and expertise has helped us to tackle projects quickly and efficiently that have been on our list for years.

He also is involved in our bi-monthly Contractor's meetings where several persons come together to discuss large jobs at hand that need more resources and find other ways to support the Franciscan Connection.


Tom Zimmerman, James Burnett, John Millham,

Joe Bertels, Gilbert Ballman, and Frank Weiler

Over the past few years, electrician Tom Zimmerman and his buddies have rewired basements, secured circuit breaker panels, run new circuits, and helped make a number of homes safer for our families.  They have a great team spirit and have always been willing to lend a hand for a family in need.

Joe Claes is our newest weekly volunteer. A lifetime resident of St. Louis, Joe attended Quincy University, served four years in the US Navy during Vietnam,

and is a recently retired "Man of the River." Joe has already pitched in his efforts on a number of projects: cement patching, garage painting, caulking, hanging gutters, and door fitting. He is often joined by his wife Judy, who volunteers in the office. Joe enjoys all St. Louis sports (especially drag racing), Branson MO, and country-western music.


Interested in pitching in? Give us a call and see where your skills can be put to good use! Or use our new online volunteer application. We'd be glad to have you!



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