Volunteer Spotlight- Erin D'Ettorre
Volunteer Spotlight is a feature designed to help you get to know the people who give their time and talents at Open Door Resource Center to support the families of Wyandot County. This week, enjoy getting to know Erin D’Ettorre. D’Ettorre resides in Upper Sandusky with her husband Joe. They have 4 “wonderful, talented” adult children.
There is a plant located in the front window at Open Door Resource Center that Erin D'Ettorre believes exemplifies the time she has spent at the agency. “When I brought that plant here it was dying,” she said “now look at it, it’s in great shape.” Since coming to Open Door in late 2011, D’Ettorre also been privileged to see similar miraculous turnarounds in the lives of the people she has served.
One reason she believes this is possible is the “resources, Open Door has” which allows the organization to help Wyandot County citizens with “shelter (through rental assistance), food, and other immediate basic needs.” All of this is a part of what Mrs. D’Ettorre says helps volunteers “make God known to people who are hurting” by presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ in practical ways.
“People won’t listen if they are hungry,” she said. “We get the opportunity, the gift, of making a difference in their world.” That difference goes far beyond the immediate assistance clients receive. “When we pray for people and help them, we get the chance to help them realize that God’s got their back and that they do really love the Lord even though they may be mad at Him right now.”
A life of service is nothing new to this former high school French teacher. Erin has been active in support of DeMolay International’s efforts to serve and assist underprivileged youth since 2001. In fact, it was while serving at DeMolay’s booth at the Wyandot County fair that she made the decision to begin her volunteer work at Open Door. “When I came in, we were just starting in the new building (Open Door’s current location at 212 W. Wyandot Ave, Upper Sandusky),” she remembered “I walked in and they were painting the cross in what’s now the dining room and I remember thinking ‘When can I start?’”
Since that day, she has enjoyed “allowing people to have the dignity when they walk out that comes from knowing they are loved.” “I want to let people know that they can have hope,” she continued, “that they can make it another day.”
It’s no wonder that D’Ettorre has earned the nickname “The Rescuer.” The families (and plants) of Wyandot County have certainly benefited from her efforts.