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Wheeler, Mumms, Good Samaritan Recipients


Trina Dietz
Communications Coordinator
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud

Catholic Charities presents the Good Samaritan Award to generous volunteers

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud recently presented its annual Good Samaritan Awards to Lenea Wheeler and Dr. David and Laura Mumm.

Recipients are recognized for following the example of the biblical “Good Samaritan” by helping those who are in need without an expectation of reward or acknowledgement.

Lenea Wheeler. Volunteer, Catholic Charities Health Promotions WheelerSm.jpg

As a career nurse, caring for others is like breathing for Lenea Wheeler. She’s a long-time donor and volunteer for Catholic Charities.

When Catholic Charities began offering Health Promotions Classes for seniors in 2010, Wheeler was able to use her medical background to help others help themselves. “We all have the responsibility to take care of ourselves,” said Wheeler.

Wheeler co-facilitates four evidence-based health workshops for Catholic Charities: Living Well with Chronic Conditions, Healthy Eating for Successful Living, a Matter of Balance and Chronic Pain Self-Management Program. She volunteered her time to be trained in how to facilitate each class. She volunteers her time to commute to one of the many locations across Central Minnesota where the classes are offered. More than 800 adults have learned from Wheeler’s wisdom, and that of her co-facilitator, Mary Simpler, Catholic Charities Health Promotions Specialist.

 “It’s been a phenomenal experience to work with someone who is dedicated to providing service, I can’t think of anyone else who is more giving of herself and her time, as Lenea,” Simpler said.
Wheeler’s nomination video can be found here
A full size photo can be found here.

Dr. David & Laura Mumm, Volunteers, Catholic Charities Youth House MummSm.jpg

Take a love of cooking and a heaping cup of care for young people, add a splash of milk and dab of dentistry, and you get the special relationship between Dr. David and Laura Mumm, and the young people who live at Catholic Charities Youth House.

Each month, the Mumms visit the Youth House to prepare and share a meal. They bring the groceries, or take the youth shopping with them. They teach the young people how to chop, mix, sauté or grill, whatever that evening’s recipe requires.
“After the meal is cooked, they sit down, it’s like a family meal,” said Suzie Rice, Youth House Program Supervisor. “A lot of the youth haven’t had that experience, or haven’t had that in a long time.”

Through working with the kids, the Mumms noticed that milk could sometimes be in short supply, so they arranged for milk service for the Youth House. Dr. Mumm also provides dental care, as needed, to Youth House residents in his private practice.

Dr Mumm said, “The Good Samaritan story is the story of someone who saw someone they wouldn’t ordinarily help, who they wouldn’t ordinarily be involved with; who they would find easy to pass by, make an excuse for not helping, but they did. They stepped up and helped. That’s what we’re trying to do: help people who might need a leg up, people who aren’t throw aways or misfits, they’re people who need an extra hand.”

The Mumm’s nomination video can be found here
A full-size photograph can be found here


Catholic Charities is a nonprofitorganization 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.