Lifting Spirits Through Simple Acts

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

June 28, 2023

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Lay Mission Volunteer Program continues to make a profound impact in communities, offering their support in the face of natural disasters and spreading joy through simple acts of kindness. 

On June 22, a group of dedicated volunteers embarked on a day trip to Lebanon, Kentucky, to extend their helping hands to Cliff, an admirable adoptive father of two young boys who has been recuperating from health issues since February. Having endured storm damage earlier this year, including a roof struck by a fallen tree, Cliff’s property was in dire need of attention. While some roof repairs had been carried out, the volunteers spent the day assisting Cliff and his sons in cleaning up and landscaping the premises, breathing new life into their home.

With the lasting effects of his medical challenges, Cliff found it increasingly difficult to tackle the such tasks alone. Consequently, the volunteers’ presence proved invaluable, enabling significant progress throughout the day. In a heartwarming display of solidarity, Cliff and his sons, aged 14 and 8, labored alongside the volunteers, emanating a palpable sense of gratitude and positive energy.

Assistant Volunteer Director, Ellen Sprigg, marveled at the fortitude demonstrated by Cliff amidst his trials and highlighted the profound bond shared among this tight-knit family. 

“It is inspiring to see his perseverance through this and his relationship with the boys,” Sprigg remarked, reflecting on the visit to Cliff’s residence.

By day’s end, a stunning transformation had taken place, bestowing upon Cliff and his sons a revitalized landscape they could take pride in once again. 

“It was a good day to give him that small blessing and lift his spirits,” Sprigg said. 

The volunteers were made aware of Cliff’s predicament through his aunt, Sister Martha Clan, and were eager to offer their support. This day trip exemplifies the ongoing commitment of the volunteer ministry to give back to others, particularly those residing in rural regions of Kentucky. 

Looking ahead, in collaboration with St. Vincent Mission, more volunteers will journey to David, Kentucky on a mission trip next week to aid ongoing flood recovery efforts, further reinforcing their dedication to community empowerment and resilience in both big and small ways. 

In a world often plagued by adversity, such acts of service illuminate the lives of those in need and remind us all of the power of compassion.

If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and how you can give your time, visit 


  1. Debbie Curtsinger

    my family member sure is deserving it sure does look nice Thank you

  2. Martha Clan

    Thanks to all of you. You made one family member happy.
    Great job!

  3. Ann Palatty

    A friend in need is a friend indeed. Kudos to the volunteers.

  4. Barbara Joseph Lammers

    Often smaller projects bring as much joy and peace as larger ones do. I rejoice that our volunteers do both.


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