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Lois Wilbur faithfully witnesses to Christ's call to help others in need

By Suzanne Aviles

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Lois Wilbur, a long-time parishioner of St. William Catholic Church in Millington, Tenn., is well-known as a committed volunteer and the former leader of the Millington Crisis Center. At an awards ceremony held by the City of Millington on Feb. 12, Mayor Terry Jones presented to Wilbur a plaque and gilded proclamation. The town declared Feb. 12, 2018 as Lois Wilbur Day.

Wilbur became a volunteer at the Millington Crisis Center in 1998 and, in 2002, took on the role of director of the center. The proclamation read by Mayor Jones credited Wilbur with managing the Center through numerous organizational changes, fundraisers and charity auctions, relocations of services and coordination with area churches and donors. Mostly, the words on the page paid tribute to a woman who tirelessly helped other people in need.

After listening to the proclamation, Wilbur accepted Mayor Jones’ offer to address the people attending the meeting. She asked everyone to stand who had participated in any activities associated with the Crisis Center. More than half of the crowd stood. Wilbur graciously thanked everyone for making possible the work of the Crisis Center. She then recognized her successors, co-directorsDebra Sigee and Patricia Warner, noting her deep respect for them both, and stating her confidence in their abilities to succeed in operating an effective center. Wilbur officially retired on Dec. 31, 2017.

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Wilbur credits her faith as a strong motivation in helping people in need. She regularly encouraged her clients to develop and deepen their own faith. She said with Catholic clients she asked about and recommended involvement in their parishes. If a client practiced a different faith tradition, she encouraged them to play a role in an associated community. She encouraged clients to learn from the lessons of their faith communities and to seek support. “As Sister Cathy [Galaskiewicz] says, ‘Every moment can be a teachable moment.’”

Her pastor, Reverend Michael Werkhoven, attended the award ceremony to show appreciation for Wilbur’s testimony of faith in action.

According to the Millington Crisis Center’s Facebook page, services offered are:

“BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - The Millington Crisis Center provide services to Clients in need living in the 38053 area. The Center provide assistance on utility bills and rent as funds are available. We also provide resource information to other agencies to meet the need of Clients. The Center is committed to providing essential items for infants such as pampers, wipes and formula. On Monday or Friday the Center will host classes to help clients with budgeting, job search, resume building, job interviewing and help with filling out applications online. Classes and day of classes will be announced on this page. The Center school supply, coats for children and Christmas Toy Give Away are continued programs to the 38053 Community.”

For more information on the Millington Crisis Center, go to www.facebook.com/millingtoncrisiscenter/. The Center is located at 8331 Wilkinsville Road. For more information call (901) 872-4357 orsend email to officialmillingtoncrisiscenter@gmail.com.
Aug 10, 2018

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