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A Mother’s Survival Story

“The ability to face another day with a feeling of optimism and being able to provide my children a healthy and nutritional meal, is a gift that I am able to give to my children each day because of the wonderful people at the Enfield Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen.”

 As a single mother of six children, Helen Bieu-Heyse knows that each time her family walks into the soup kitchen not only will they get a home cooked meal but they will also be treated with love, respect, dignity, and equality. “Priscilla and her wonderful volunteers provide a high-quality meal as they strive to help individuals who may be down on their luck. Being treated like a member of the family each time you walk through the door has given my family strength, self-confidence, and allowed us to feel more hopeful about the future,” says Helen.

Coming to the soup kitchen has opened up new opportunities for Helen and her family where she has met new friends and is building a support network she can depend on. In turn, Helen has been able to help other guests at the soup kitchen by referring them to available services that they were not aware of. It makes Helen smile when she sees her children playing with other children. She knows they are safe and happy when they are at the soup kitchen. “Priscilla and Murray have a personal connection to each one of their guests. They really understand and relate to the hardships that life often throws at each one of us as they genuinely care about us as individuals” Helen shared the story about her son Joey receiving a baseball glove and ball from Priscilla and Murray last year. They knew he liked baseball and they wanted him to pursue his love for the game. “There are not many people in the world that would be that generous to another person,” Helen says smiling.

During this past Christmas season, Helen and her family were blessed as the family received presents through our “Adopt a Family” program, in which individuals or corporations sponsor a family at Christmas time. Priscilla was also able to give Helen and her children tickets to Disney on Ice, which they have never seen before. “The kids absolutely loved the show. The costumes were great and the skating was awesome,” says Helen. It was a special treat they never experienced before.

The soup kitchen provides my family so many wonderful things: the great meals, pastries, milk, bread, clothing, and personal items. The kids and I are most thankful or these “necessities,” but the best thing about the soup kitchen is Priscilla and Murray. They have taken away the “worry” about how to provide for my family. The kids and I want to say a special “Thank You” for the survival of our family.