When it comes to compassion for the community, CAIN has a bottomless cup. From providing food and other necessities to our neighbors, to providing teens with training so they can have a more properous future...there are no words to describe how much difference CAIN has made in our community.
I found CAIN through a Service Learning program at my school and I volunteered weekly for about two and a half months. In my time there, I saw just how much CAIN helps so many people by providing food, hygiene items, and spiritual nourishment. There are dedicated people that bring bread, desserts, and fresh produce every Monday. Another brings a delicious hot dish to share with everyone. People who come to CAIN for help are treated with respect and compassion. It is an amazing place and I am going to continue volunteering after my Service Learning is completed! :)
I find the many stories of the clients so touching and each in need at many levels. CAIN tries to address the needs of the families by connecting them to community resources, providing services and goods and listening to each story with hope, love and charity. The staff is always so positive and respectful of all. I enjoy finding bargains all year round to donate to the pantry, fullfill special needs and the Secret Santa Event.
What I like especially about CAIN is the way that anyone coming in its doors is welcomed as a guest and treated with respect. In return, the guests come to think of the volunteers and staff as friends, and the room where they wait their turn to go through the pantry choosing the groceries they need becomes a warm, cheerful place. On Monday nights Ron is usually there at the door to sign people in and offer a dish of lasagna or a cup of soup or whatever Karl cooked up and brought in. A bite to eat makes the waiting easier. People slow down and smile and treat one another with courtesy. More than once you'll hear someone say, "No, I still have some of that left from last month--save it for someone who needs it." I've seen Linda spending an extra fifteen minutes to listen to a father whose teenage son is giving him grief, and I've seen Debbie set aside a decorated cake for a woman who wanted to give her daughter "anything" to mark her birthday. CAIN volunteers provide the little extras that show caring and understanding. CAIN is a place where people come to feel valued,and for many that's almost as important as being helped.