Last month we mentioned our friend Judy in a post stressing the importance of continuing to walk alongside people in transition, even they reach important milestones like finding employment. While we need to celebrate victories with those experiencing transformation, they may need our support as much ever as they move toward achieving their goals.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others.” Matthew 20:28 NLT
Judy came to us as a client in 2013. Her original need was for a reclining chair she could sleep in due to a medical issue. Her biggest goal was to not lose her part-time jobs at Dollar Tree and McDonald’s, which she did end up losing. The good news was that this allowed her to begin serving with us.
God had a much bigger plan in store for Judy and Love INC. She started volunteering for us, conducting intakes in Spanish (she’s bilingual), then providing rides, then helping in a variety of other ways.
We had the opportunity to speak into Judy’s life as she volunteered alongside our staff and other volunteers. She discovered that she’s an advocate at heart. We were also able to affirm something Judy had thought about herself, which is that she likes to help empower the underresourced.
The work she was doing while serving Love INC clients gave Judy the idea (and confidence) to apply for a job with the McHenry County Department of Health as a Health Care Navigator, signing people up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Not only has Judy been working full-time ever since, but her team has been one of the top performing teams in the state of Illinois, according to a recent article in the Daily Herald.
Judy even signed-up one of our Partner Church Pastors (Rev. Zina Jacque, Community Church of Barrington) for affordable insurance (saving her a significant amount of money each month). Here’s the most fun part for us. In the article Judy was referenced in this quote, “Most of the people she has served, like Jacque, have saved over half of what they were paying through private insurance.”
When we asked her if the word “served” was part of the normal vocabulary for those who do the work she does. She said it’s not. We at Love INC believe that God gave Judy a heart to serve others by allowing us to first serve her.