Testimonials

Some kind words

Dear Grand Knight and the Knights of Columbus,

I write to you with a humble heart and the utmost gratitude. November is the month of thanksgiving. Therefore, I find it an appropriate time to give thanks to all of you.

In May of 2016, I came home from the funeral of a dear friend on Memorial Day only to find “Bonnie” (a storm) took my roof. That was bad, but even worse was to find out my homeowner’s insurance policy would not cover one copper penny of replacing it. They patched the roof with a tarp cover and dried the inside of my attic and the inside walls of my home but that was it. Being a widow for over ten years with a daughter in college and losing work left and right, it had been a real struggle for me financially even before I lost my roof.

I was directed to the Knights of Columbus by a friend who assured me you would be able to help. I first contacted (name) who directed me to the then Grand Knight. After my appeal to the Grand Knight, a Council member gave me a call and then appeared at my home with paperwork in hand. Nothing was guaranteed but the process began. The Council member apologized for having to ask so many personal questions and treated me with the utmost dignity and respect. I didn’t find the process too personal at all, after all, you were helping me. A major concern of the Knights of Columbus was that this would be a band-aid and not a solution to my financial needs. However, I assured you that it would allow me to sell my house, which I had already decided to do.

I decided to downsize since I was no longer able to physically manage the property or financially afford to keep it. I really don’t understand how people hold on to properties and go into foreclosure rather than sell it and walk away with some equity. The Knights of Columbus voted to approve helping me. The approval was made and on August 20, 2016, which would have been my wedding anniversary, my roof was repaired. Funny how my late husband always reminds me he is around. I did not pick this date, it was given to me by the repair company. What a blessing! My house was finally put up for sale in April and sell I did. It took a while and sold in September.

I want to thank the Knights of Columbus for helping me. I am so appreciative of all you have done for me and my daughter. I have since moved into the (blank) House, a home for homeless women trying to get back on their feet. But have no fear, I am NOT homeless. I am the House Manager or “House Mom” as some would say. And now I would like to give back. I would like to donate $1,000.00 to the Knights of Columbus so that you can continue to help others like me. Thank you for helping me in my time of need. I’d also like to thank the many Knights of Columbus who have been a friend and confidant to me. There are several: (names) and others who have always offered a kind word and/or smile. I appreciate all of you.

First Timothy 5:5 “She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.” I pray, and will continue to pray for the Knights of Columbus who have rescued this widow and helped so many others in need. May God richly bless each one of you. May you continue to do the good deeds you do with dignity and respect. I, for one am truly grateful.

Peace and blessings,
(Name withheld)

Worthy Brother,

Our Council did a Lenten Fish Fry dinner to benefit VKCCI to thank you for the two grants you have recently granted our council, one for (name) in 2015 and one for (name) in 2016.

Please continue helping families in need. We appreciate all that you do to help our community.

Thanks, again,
(Name)

VKCCI,

Thank you for your generous donation to the (name) fund. Your donation will enable the much needed repairs to her house to prevent it from being condemned.

Thank you.
(Name)

Sirs,

(Intro Prayer) From the bottom of our hearts, we give our deepest thanks to those who helped us in our time of need. God bless the hands and hearts of those who blessed us. Thank you.

Thank you, thank you, for throwing us a life preserver. For giving me the ability to provide and care for the ones that I love. Thank you for helping me, to help myself. You put the wind in my sails, giving me the ability to navigate those unpredictable currents called life. Your grant helped my family in ways you will never know, and I am eternally grateful.

Warmest regards,
(Name withheld)

Dear Knights,

My beautiful Mom (name) came to live with my daughter and me after suffering three stokes in the summer of 2014. By the grace of God, we were able to hire a caregiver to care for mom in our home. After mom suffered a fourth stroke, in May 2016, she could no longer walk or even stand, and she was having difficulty breathing in her bed. Thanks to your generosity, my mom was able to get a sleep-chair and other medical equipment that she desperately needed.

Thanks to you, my mom was able to spend her last months on earth in her pretty little room at our house rather than in a facility. This had been her final wish and my heart’s desire.

I was with my mom only a couple of minutes before the angels came. You made that possible!

Thank you!
(Name withheld)

Dear Worthy, Mr. Vice President for Grants,

I am providing some follow-up information to a recent VKCCI Grant provided to one of our council members. Brother Knight C was injured in a fall, breaking his wrist, hand and hip in three places. Most of the grant went to car payments and insurance. This is, and always has been, critical to Brother C and his family because if they can’t get to work, they will have no income. They have always worked all over the county, wherever work was available. His wife has not been able to work since the accident, as she has spent her time at home nursing him. However, when I last visited him a couple of days ago, he was making good progress; he was able to stand and take a couple of steps with a walker. He had just begun to do this in the last couple of days. His wife feels, she can now leave him at home and begin to clean houses again. She has not stopped cleaning the parish rectory, per gratis. She feels this is only right.

Their oldest son has a job at a nursing home facility and is also enrolled in courses that will allow him to graduate from community college. He has extended his work hours to the maximum to be able to pick up some of the lost family income. He had been saving to go to school to be a physical therapist after community college. Some of the monies the council spent on the family allowed him to adjust his work schedule and save for the family needs that will be coming up as our funds dry up.

The place our Brother Knight, his wife, and two children are living in is not one that you, I, or any of you board members would live in. It is an “extra” old structure on a farm where he worked at. They have piled heaps of stored material, that was originally from floor to ceiling, outdoors so they could occupy the “house”. They have stopped all water and air leaks, and are happy to live here in America. After Brother C’s fall, the Council re-walled a couple of rooms, threw out more debris, painted walls, leveled floors, laid linoleum, and built entry and egress ramps. With Brother C now able to use a walker, the house will be easier for him to negotiate than when he was in a wheelchair. He can now shower alone, and get himself a simple meal. He still can’t cook, but only because it was never one of his household jobs. His wife feels she can either fix him something for him before she leaves for work or he can open a can. He won’t stare until she gets home. Some things the Knights can’t fix.

All in all, the grant has gotten the family through the toughest time in dealing with his injuries. The family not only has the hope and the will to get through this, they have faith. After visiting Brother C and his wife earlier today, I ran into their son and daughter at the local Goodwill store. They were picking out a shirt and blouse for Easter Sunday. Both were optimistic about the family, and their son, a newly inducted First Degree Knight, was very grateful for the help we gave his family. He is still amazed that we supplied so much financial help and manpower when they needed it most. Two other Hispanic men, who know Brother C well, have applied for admission to our Council. They have recognized our devotion to brothers and their families.

Your generosity has gotten his family over a bridge in their lives, and has increased interest in the KofC within our congregation. Even our Pastor was surprised by the charity of the Knights. Well done, gentlemen, and thank you. From here on it will be our Council’s responsibility to make sure Brother C and his family are able to make it!

Vivat Jesus!
(Name)