My name is Mary Louise Ceroni, and I am a volunteer at the GBF. First, I am a wife and mother to three wonderful children, now all grown and responsible members of society. I was a stayat home mom for 20 years, then an opportunity came along to go to work in the accounting department of a law firm in downtown Hamilton, which was to be only temporary for 6 months that turned into 15 years. I retired June 2014. While the children were in school my volunteering was centered around the school community, other than that not much else. Working full time, I just never found the time to volunteer. When I retired I took approx 6 months to travel a bit and do some things around the house and I always knew I wanted to help in my community. I count my lucky stars everyday for the life that I have, and now it was time to give a little back.

GBF has a presence in Grimsby that is synonymous with helping those in need. So I went in to check it out. One thing I knew, I didn’t want, was another job where I had to be on a schedule and people depending on me for a certain shift. I met with Marion Thorp and told her what I wanted, and her words were “Come when you can, stay as long as you can, we are happy to have any commitment of time you can”. Well, I signed up, that was 1 year ago. I work on what I call the fashion floor, hanging the clothes and dressing the mannequins. The mannequins, allow me to express fashion styles that I like, but may not always wear myself. The customers comment on them all the time and the outfits are purchased sometimes before I even get the look complete. It’s like playing with dolls all the time. Helping the customers put together a special occasion outfit or even a costume for a themed party is something I enjoy. In fact one elderly lady that I helped find an outfit for a wedding came back a week later, wanting to give me a tip for my help. The people that you meet while volunteering are the added plus of the whole experience. The other volunteers are a vibrant and welcoming group. The positive atmosphere as set by Stacy, Marion and Roger make GBF a place I want to be. I volunteer anywhere from 3 to 5 days a week for 4 hours each time. Who knew that you could have so much fun volunteering to help others.
Food

The cornerstone of client services at GBF is the provision of healthy nutritional choices. We offer clients the opportunity to shop in a grocery store-like atmosphere using a system based on points. Clients…

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Housing

Upon registering with GBF Community Services, clients will meet with our staff and be welcomed in a caring and respectful environment. Maintaining client confidentiality is a priority with our staff and…

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Health

There are times where individuals will experience a downturn in financial circumstances which cause difficult choices to be made. Often health and wellness related needs are the first to be overlooked…

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Store

Purpose of the Store The store benefits the community in several ways. First, profits directly fund the works of the GBF Community Services Client Services and Food Bank. Second, the store provides low…

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The cornerstone of client services at GBF is the provision…

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Upon registering with GBF Community Services, clients…

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There are times where individuals will experience…

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Purpose of the Store The store benefits the community…

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