In the Community

Volunteers make annual holiday luncheon at St. Patrick’s Center a heartwarming success

At the holiday luncheon at St. Patrick’s Center, plates were piled high with ham, turkey and the trimmings, with a fresh green salad on the side. Such abundance is a rarity for people who live — often on the streets — in Wilmington’s poorest neighborhood, the lowest-income ZIP code in the state of Delaware. “I don’t always get to eat, so today I am eating a lot,” said Carolyn Lee, one of about 200 people who attended the event. Five days a week, year-round, Christiana Care social workers embedded at St. Pat’s connect people who need help with housing, transportation, financial assistance and medical and behavioral health care. And each year during the holiday season, doctors, nurses, social workers and retirees from Christiana Care volunteer to cook, serve and clean up after the annual luncheon that provides a special opportunity for fellowship and good cheer. Read more