From Part 1: Crawford, her staff and volunteers have had to serve more with less, as the need for the nonprofit's service dramatically rose while some donations fell.
Sister Carmen's case workers and employees become "the ears, the listeners, the understanding supporters."
Crawford is appreciative for these highlights in a dark time, but she knows a long haul lies ahead.
on the new building has slowed. Caution has been forced into every step.
Clients' mental and emotional states have been shaken. The anxiety has taken its toll.
"It hasn't changed," said Suzanne Crawford, chief executive officer of the Lafayette nonprofit. "It's continued to be busy."
campaign for a new building.
Some days, the number of households requesting services has been in the high 80s well above the previous daily averages of 30 to 40.
It's during times like these when compassion and empathy can be crucial.
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"A number of people are in a great deal of stress and act that out in various ways," Crawford said.
Sister Carmen food bank, thrift store and provider of financial and other support services has served as a refuge for many whose lives are in the throes of the recession.
The pure depth of the economic downturn already has made Beats Car Speakers lasting impressions.
Thankfully, the donations continue to hold true.
Need for Sister Carmen's services stays high
The eventual move will allow for a larger thrift store at the West Baseline site and an expanded food bank, larger classrooms and more office space at the Aspen Ridge location.
"I'm optimistic it's going to get better definitely, but I think it's going to take time," she said. "I don't think we'll see dramatic improvement (in the economy) for two to three years. I really don't."
Crawford recalled how her mother who was single during much Instyler Curler
Sister Carmen recently bought 655 Aspen Ridge Drive, a 25,000 square foot property that is nearly triple the size of the nonprofit's current cramped quarters at 701 W. Baseline Road.
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Others just break down and sob.
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During the past three months, the Sister Carmen Community Center has not experienced skyrocketing increases of new households seeking help.
of Crawford's childhood kept her struggles hidden. Crawford's mother sacrificed many things in her life so her kids could receive a good education, so they ideally would not have to face financial hardship.
But it's a different kind of steady than a few years ago.
Some have been intoxicated, petulant or belligerent.
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