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SBEC Volunteers

Individuals from all walks of life generously offer their time and talent each week at SBEC. Volunteers assist in teaching English to immigrants, work in Treasures and Such or in the Factory helping program participants. Other volunteers participate in mock interviews so that participants can practice their job interviewing skills. Still others work on special projects for the director and staff. Each year SBEC hosts an appreciation luncheon for all volunteers.

For further information, contact Sister Patricia Witulski at or 814-452-4072, ext. 311.

Dolores Mosakowski, SBEC volunteer

Dolores Mosakowski

Dolores Mosakowski was recruited by a fellow volunteer to the team at Treasures and Such but it is Sister Dorothy Stoner, worksite coordinator at SBEC, who keeps her coming back each week. “She is so kind and generous with people and is always willing to try new things” is the way Dolores describes Sister. Dolores was immediately impressed with how responsive the staff at SBEC is to those it serves.

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Neal and Sharon Mosher, SBEC volunteers

Neal and Sharon Mosher

Emigrants to Canada, Neil and Sharon Mosher know first-hand the challenges of moving to a new country. Yet, their own personal journey did not begin to prepare them for what they encounter as volunteers at SBEC. They left the US in 1970. “We were voluntary immigrants and knew we could go back at any time. Canada, while different from the US, was not a cultural shock for us.” The immigrants they work with today, however, are refugees fleeing war, persecution, and economic strife in countries vastly different from the US or Canada.

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Helen Schneider, SBEC volunteer

Helen Schneider

Helen Schneider, a retired teacher, began tutoring refugees at SBEC about 3 years ago. “I have the time, the knowledge, and the interest in helping these newcomers to our community. They are so responsive and willing to learn!”

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Bill and Marilyn Reiser, SBEC Volunteers

Bill and Marilyn Reiser

One morning, Bill Reiser offered to substitute for his sister, Marilyn, at her volunteer workplace Treasures and Such. He was impressed with the volunteers and discovered the satisfaction of helping the participants at SBEC. Today he is a “regular” at the store and has mastered a new currency – “Benny Bucks."

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SBEC Volunteers Karen and Paul Grocutt

Karen and Paul Groucutt

Once a week, Karen Groucutt visits a place full of memories for her. A former St. Benedict Academy (closed in 1988 when it became St. Benedict Education Center) student, she returns to that familiar site on East 10th Street, now assisting others seeking their education. She and her husband, Paul, work at Treasures and Such a shop for students at St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC).

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