Need knows no boundaries of ethnicity, age, faith or gender. Neither do we.
Need knows no boundaries of ethnicity, age, faith or gender. Neither do we.

Faces of First Responders

Donna Staub has lived in Memphis most of her life and has been Catholic all of her life.

She is a wife and mother, a cantor at her parish and a member of Madonna Circle, a fellowship of Catholic women serving the Memphis community through fundraising and volunteerism.

But recently, Donna added another commitment to her walk as a Catholic: She became a First Responder to Poverty through Catholic Charities of West Tennessee.

First Responders are people who commit to a monthly donation to Catholic Charities. It is a new program that helps ensure a steady stream of funds to help meet the needs of the people the agency serves – most of whom live at the federal poverty level.

Catholic Charities appreciates Donna and all of our First Responders, and during Lent we are sharing the stories of some of these supporters.

Donna has been involved with Catholic Charities before, volunteering at the agency as a member of Madonna Circle. But when she received an email to donors and volunteers from Catholic Charities just before Thanksgiving, she decided to take the next step and become a monthly donor.

Her reason for supporting the agency is simple: “It’s primarily the outreach to the poor.”

Through her parish, Donna is also involved with Room in the Inn, an ecumenical ministry that provides emergency shelter and meals during the coldest months of the year to people experiencing homelessness.

“When I do Room in the Inn, I meet people who can beat me in scrabble and are very well-read,’’ she said. ‘It’s just good to realize that there are people experiencing tough times who need some help.”