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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud
Catholic Charities presents awards to gentleman gardeners, bike ride organizers
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud recently presented its annual Good Samaritan Awards to two groups of recipients: Mel Rohe and Dave Morreim, and Chuck and Lucy Rieland.
Recipients are recognized for following the example of the biblical “Good Samaritan” by helping those who are in need without an expected reward.
Melvin Rohe and Dave Morreim
Dave Morreim and Melvin Rohe have each individually volunteered for Catholic Charities programs for many years.
Seven years ago, a chance meeting led the two to issue a challenge to themselves: how much produce can we grow each season for Catholic Charities Emergency Services Food Shelf?
The result has been an average of about 8,200 pounds of fresh produce per season - a total of more than 28 tons to date.
“The monetary value of their donation exceeds $10,000 per year to Catholic Charities Emergency Services. Combining their their knowledge, skills, and resources to help others, then expect nothing in return, makes them a fine example of Good Samaritans,” said Kathryn Stolpman, manager of Catholic Charities Food Shelf.
View their nomination video.
Chuck and Lucy Rieland
“I really consider Chuck and Lucy to be grandparents to all the children at Catholic Charities St. Cloud Children’s Home,” said Tim Lieser, Director of Catholic Charities Residential and Day Services.
For more than 30 years, Chuck Rieland has worked at Morgan Stanley. On September 11, 2001, we watched as 45 floors of Morgan Stanley offices in the World Trade Center crumbled. In the weeks that followed, Chuck vowed to do something positive. He and Lucy chose a bike ride to raise funds for Catholic Charities St. Cloud Chidlren’s Home.
“Chuck and Lucy have raised over $677,000 in the past 10 years,” Lieser said. “With those dollars, we’ve been able to provide scholarships to over 50 students, to help support their continued stay in our mental health treatment process, as insurance companies have denied continuing coverage.”
View their nomination video here.
Catholic Charities is a nonprofit organization that advances the charitable and social mission of the Diocese of St. Cloud. It builds communities, promotes family life, and enhances human dignity by providing quality services to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families of all faiths and beliefs.