It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear signs and sorrows of God's children. That is what love looks like. -St. Augustine, 354-430
This quote by St. Augustine was recited by the late Rt. Rev. Harry Burgoyne Scott, III, on many occasions and became for him, his personal mantra.
The winter of 1974-75 in Christiansburg was cold and snowy and the number of people seeking help with heat bills, rent or utilities was a heavy burden on Montgomery County's social service programs. It was taking four weeks for applicants to receive food stamps or unemployment benefits. Father Harry B. Scott III mentioned to his secretary Doris that a charitable program was needed to fill the gaps in public aid. This was the birth of MCEAP.
In the first year, MCEAP responded to 505 calls, to the extend of $9,763.71 in assistances. In 2014, 40 years later, MCEAP responded to 2,064 calls, to the extend of $179,327.00. Is there still a need in Montgomery County? God bless your compassion, dedication and love Father Scott - your legacy lives on.
Mark said, "MCEAP helped me turn my life around 18 years ago", "they saved my life and right after I got a job and a place to live."
Betty, widowed mother of 5 children who recently shopped at the Thrift Store said, "22 years ago MCEAP gave us food, clothing and helped keep us warm, I can never thank you enough."
Ben, a To Our House homeless man, with tears in his eyes said, "I am truly fortunate to be here and I promise to pay back."
Loretta said, "I don't know what I would have done without MCEAP - God Bless You!"