Sister Virginia Brien: Collecting clothes for the needy

Sister Virginia Brien, SSND is a retired sister at Villa Assumpta in Baltimore. Several years ago at one of the Solidarity prayer experiences, she felt an urging to reach out and serve others who are materially poor.

After consulting with others, she began an association with Wilson House, a home for recovering alcoholics sponsored by The John Hopkins Hospital. This house provides shelter for up to 14 women who attend daily meetings and instruction at Hopkins. S. Virginia has set up a network of people who bring her new or gently used clothing. These people are sisters, associates and other SSND friends who generously contribute to this endeavor.

Twice a month, S. Virginia packs bags and boxes of clothing to take to the women at Wilson House. Since the women may stay in this house for only six months, there is constant turnover in the clientele. S. Virginia loves meeting the women, talking with them and seeing their delight in the clothing she brings. Obviously this ministry is a source of great joy and satisfaction for Virginia and her many helpers.

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