By Kay Sweeney, Associates Program Facilitator
Presentation Associate Yolanda Santillan (pictured) has two ministries focused on caring for others. She facilitates Monday Night Bible Study at her parish church, St Gregory the Great and she assists developmentally disabled adults in the community. During the COVID 19 pandemic, the parish church has closed to the public. She started Zoom meetings for the bible group, but it was difficult for many to participate because of lack of computer equipment, internet, and the unfamiliar way of doing Bible Study using zoom, so the group decided to take their usual summer break. Yolanda is trying to get the group started again on Zoom. She found those who had participated before were delighted to see and hear each other and the fellowship they shared was amazing.
She has been able to work from home via telephone doing well-being checks on her developmentally disabled clients. They enjoy hearing from staff and sharing how they spend their time at home. She has learned that people need people. They need to hear from one another via phone calls, zoom meetings, or even letter writing. Currently, she also is caring for a senior citizen by bringing her groceries, doing light cleaning and walking in the evenings. They find peace praying the rosary together. It has made the pandemic less restricting. Yolanda considers this type of work a ministry of caring for others.
Yolanda has taken on the responsibility of scheduling Zoom chats with the Sisters at the Motherhouse. Another way of caring for others and using what she has learned during the pandemic. People need people!