On January 11, 2022, there was a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony. Sisters Bernadine Prendergast and Teresa Stanley represented the Congregation to support Sister Elizabeth. The Kingsville CCVI Associates were present and continue to be great supporters of Sr. Elizabeth. About 100 people attended among them: the County Commissioners, the COO and other leaders from the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation: Dr. Osborn Blow, President of Christus Spohn, an official from Mr. Vela’s the State Representative’s office, and local press and TV reporters. An Impressive attendance!
Rudy Madrid, the County Judge, called “The Judge” gave the background. There was a deserted house next door to the “Weavers of Love” the soup and sandwich center. Sr Elizabeth challenged her friend, the Judge to create a clinic. He got to work and mobilized the Community. The house needed a new roof, walls and floors inside replaced. People came together with their talent and resources. Companies donated materials, others volunteered help with construction, painting etc. The result is a beautiful, bright facility with examining rooms, offices, reception and coffee area. Application for funding was made to the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation; the funding was approved for a Community Health Center for all in need. The State Representative helped in obtaining the 501C3.
After all the recognitions, a prayer by the Pastor and the ribbon cutting all were invited to tour. In the reception area they had a huge banner with a picture of Sr. Elizabeth and the words: “Sister Elizabeth Clinic Dedicated to Sister Elizabeth for all her years of love and compassion.” (Sr. Elizabeth, who was not aware of this, found it embarrassing!) The clinic is already operating with local physicians two days a week with a goal of 5 days.
A lovely reception was held next door at the Weavers of Love facility. For those who do not know, this center was created by Sr. Elizabeth and her brother Patrick Smith RIP, assisted by the local community and CCVI Associates in 2014. They provide soup and sandwiches for those in need as well as counseling and social services. During COVID they brought meals to homes but they could not fundraise. However Bishop Michael Mulvey sent a check recently for $14,000. For special occasions, like Thanksgiving and Christmas they have served about 200 people. What a service to the community and now a health clinic! They grow their own vegetables with plans to expand but that is another story. Dr Osborne Blow, the President of CHRISTUS Spohn was impressed and inspired.
I know all of us are proud of Sr. Elizabeth and I trust we will let her know.
Blessings, Sr. Teresa Stanley