Stories: Mildred Chambers
"Another Hundred Years and Beyond"
Wesley House has long been dear to my heart. For several years I helped in
the preparation of a meal to be taken to Wesley House twice a year to be
served to the oldsters of the community, but I did not get to go because I
worked. After I retired in 1981, I had the privilege of going and helping to
serve the meals, and oh what a joy that was.
One time we would take homemade vegetable soup, crackers, cheese, and
homemade pies. Another time we would take ham (that we cooked beforehand)
and take potatoes and cabbage, which we would cook there. We also baked
cornbread there and my how those oldsters enjoyed the hot bread and butter.
This time we took homemade cakes. I was the cornbread maker and could hardly
keep it cooked fast enough. Several of our women would do the serving and it
kept them busy passing out the hot cornbread. What a joy it was to see
those oldsters enjoy those hot homemade meals. We also took each one a
goodie bag to take home with them.
At Christmastime we took items to their Christmas shop which the children
could buy for their loved ones for Christmas. Everything was sold for small
change, but it gave the children the satisfaction of "buying" gifts
We always sponsored a child in summer camp and did numerous other things
through the years. All of this gave me much pleasure and satisfaction.
I had always thought that when I retired I would do volunteer work at
Wesley House but took on a fulltime volunteer job at my church instead.
I am 86 years old and live in an assisted living facility; therefore, I
can no longer give of my services or financial support to Wesley House, but
I pray for the work there that it will continue for another hundred years
Mildred H. Chambers