St. Therese Center - St Therese Center in Las Vegas Abuse Workers
Food Pantry for Those With HIV/AIDS and Their Family - Complaint
HENDERSON, NEVADA -- One may wonder why someone would complain about a charity that offers food or assistance to those who have HIV/AIDS or whose family is affected, but this is a story that needs to be told. When the foundation was started it was started through the church to offer aid, and comfort to people in need. As it is today, the true meaning of charity has lost all value to these people.
The volunteers are used as free hard labor, boarding on slavery. Why do the volunteers stay, well for the ability to fill their shelves with food. With the cost of medication, most living on disability or social security every penny counts for these hardworking individuals. If anything of any value arrives on site, the people (person) in charge takes it for personal use, and does not give it back to the people who truly deserve it.
Sick people wait out in the sun for hours to pick up a few bags of food (mostly expired items), where they have to lug home the packages on the bus. Some bring suitcases to make the task easier, all the while the people who work at the pantry will hurry them out of the building as fast as they can. Never a word of compassion, and heads will roll if a volunteer should offer to help if the customer is handicap, or moves slowly. I have seen volunteers fired for handing a sandwich to a homeless person digging in the back garbage bins where the center was throwing out food.
Most of the volunteers have HIV or AIDS, and have to try to keep their health in good standing as needed, but the people that run the center will toss them aside for being too slow. Any type of joy is discouraged, as is trying to bond or listen to the customers, no matter what they have to say. Some of these customers come from hours around to be treated as if they don't matter. Concentration camps had more compassion then this center.
A mass cleaning from the top down needs to be done to bring what this center was originally established for. I just hope that one day someone will read this and listen to the needs of these wonderful clients.