Meet Mary Anne Geary
Volunteer Mary Anne Geary

“My hairdresser and friend of fifty years, Kathe Wilson, had often told me about how much she enjoys volunteering at the soup kitchen,” explained Mary Anne Geary. “So when she asked me to step in for a volunteer who was getting older and struggling to come in each week, I said yes.” That was three years ago. And after that first year of substituting, Mary Anne became a regular volunteer on the serving line at the kitchen.

“I love the Tuesday volunteer group that I work with,” she said. “Our boss is Sister Mary and you couldn’t ask for anyone better. And the others on the team are great to have camaraderie with—and they are dedicated. Some have been volunteering regularly at the kitchen for over twenty-five years! It’s a great honor to work with them.”

The feeling of honor is mutual. Sister Mary Miller, Director of Emmaus Ministries, said, “Mary Anne has an Emmaus heart. It is as if she’s always been there. She is so loving and comfortable with our guests.”

In particular, Mary Anne enjoys meeting the children who come into the soup kitchen. “Forever I have loved babies and toddlers!” she exclaimed. But this affection can be distressing because it is difficult for her to see the children come in and know that they might be hungry. “No one should be hungry,” she said. “Everyone, especially the children, should be well cared for.”

As for her commitment to Emmaus, Mary Anne said: “Even when family and friends plan events on a Tuesday evening, I make sure my first priority is the soup kitchen. I will continue to plan my life around the time I volunteer at the soup kitchen.”