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 the spotlight is on Pati Bardon. Bardon (pictured above with her daughter) and her husband Bob are the proud parents of 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren.
Even in times of difficulty, The Bible book of Romans tells us that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. Pati Bardon is a living testament to those words. Two years ago, Bardon was suffering from “grief and depression” after the loss of a family member.
In the midst of this struggle, the Upper Sandusky resident says she “saw an article in the church bulletin (for Open Door) and called to see if they needed help.” Not long after she began volunteering at the agency and was soon amazed at the changes she began to see in herself.
Bardon says she had always thought of herself as a “good person” but that “she never had the will to help people” before her experience at Open Door. Mrs. Bardon credits “the people she works with and is surrounded by” there with helping to awaken in her the “desire to do God’s work.” Pati works as a client interview and also helps prepare the free hot lunch that Open Door offers the community on Thursdays.
Bardon believes the best part about her efforts is seeing the change she gets to help make in people’s lives. Her favorite example of this is when “a couple moved in from out of state and really needed help getting started in Wyandot County. We were able to help them find work and assist them with their first month’s rent,” she remembers. “I still see them from time to time and they have not forgotten the help we were able to give them to get started.”
Helping others has in turn aided in her own healing. “I believe that God sent me here,” she said “it has been the best thing for me and I’m so blessed to get to do what I do.” Her advice for others who are hurting? “If anyone out there is dealing with issues in their life and they feel like something is missing and you don’t know what it is, it could be God nudging you to try helping others.”