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New chapel provides strength to Catholic Charities' staff and volunteers

Monday, November 22, 2021 - Catholic Charities Rural Outreach recently completed their new chapel which is a place of refuge and solace for staff and volunteers who assist those in need on a daily basis.

Pam Wemhaner, manager of Catholic Charities in Sallisaw, said the chapel is the first thing they see when they walk in every morning and the last thing they see at the end of each day.

Staff and volunteers utilize the chapel daily at 9:45 a.m. for prayer time prior to opening the door for clients. Every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., a priest comes from St. Francis Xavier to say mass.

"The chapel provides strength and gives us the positive mindset to help provide Sequoyah County families with resources daily," Wemhaner said.

Resources provided through the organization range from clothing, personal hygiene products, food, and much more. Families who register with the organization are able to receive food once a month, which can be picked up Tuesday through Thursday anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

"To register, each family member will need to present an ID as well as proof of residency, usually a utility bill. Once everyone in the family is registered, the only thing needed at the time of pick-up is the ID of the head of household," Wemhaner stated.

Catholic Charities is currently in search of volunteers to assist clients with their needs. If you know of anyone looking for a rewarding volunteer position or would like to volunteer yourself, contact Pam Wemhaner at 918-775-6111 to learn more about the process.

Catholic Charities Rural Outreach is located at 409 N. Adams St., Sallisaw, OK and serves all Sequoyah County residents.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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