Most of Our Daily Bread’s clients are hard-working people who never thought they would need to accept food and money from strangers in order to provide for their families. We are grateful to our clients and volunteers who have shared their experiences to help our supporters better understand how ODB is making a difference in their lives.
Monica had a good job and savings, but struggled to support her children after her employer went out of business. Monica said, “…Our Daily Bread pretty much saved my life...If it wasn't for the help that I have gotten from them, I don't know what would have happened. I think I would be in a shelter with my kids right now."
Soon after Pam lost her job, she and her husband and four kids took in four foster children. Pam says ODB helped her learn how to create and stick with a budget. Pam said, “…I realize now I didn't know [anything] about budgeting....I really don't know what we would have done without [ODB's] mentoring program."
Courtney received food, financial assistance and financial mentoring from Our Daily Bread as part of a special grant program from Fairfax County in 2010. She shares her experience with the 2010 Our Daily Veggies Program.
VIEW the Video (courtesy of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW))
Jessica is a single who mom came to Our Daily Bread in 2010 because she was unable to earn enough to support herself and three young children while also managing child care expenses. With support from our Financial Assistance, Food and Financial Literacy programs, she found a job at a child care center so she could earn income and also care for her kids. She still needs our support occasionally for diapers or food, but she is mostly self-sufficient. She told us recently, "Since you've been helping me, things are really coming back together for me." Jessica was interviewed by WUSA-9 News in December 2010 for its Friday's Heroes segment that featured Our Daily Bread. VIEW the Video (courtesy of WUSA-9: aired Dec. 17, 2010)
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A Volunteer Story
Jane Hess Collins of Get Out and Give back joined Our Daily Bread supporting congregation Fairfax United Methodist Church on May 22 to make deliveries to three of our Food Program clients and wrote on her blog about her experience. “All together, it took maybe two hours of my time," she wrote. "And in those two hours I had met three incredibly nice people, all within my own neighborhood.”