Pennie DeGroot - Director
How long have you been a parishioner of St. Laurence? Since 1999 (16 years)
Tell us about your family. Husband-Tom Son-Wes Daughter-Jacci Granddaughters – Scarlett and Piper and Grandson – August
What is your title? My title is Director and my responsibilities are to:develop, enhance, coordinate and maintain ministry programs that serve the needs of our community while offering parishioners opportunities to live their faith through service to others.
What draws you to the Social Concerns Ministry? I’ve always had the heart to want to help others in need. I was inspired by my grandmother at a young age and then by my step-father who had 3 children of his own and then adopted all 5 of us.
What unique gifts do you bring to your job here at St. Laurence? Compassion, understanding and a passion for serving all of God’s people.
What’s one thing you’ve discovered about SCM that you wish more people knew about? The overwhelming support and love from the parishioners which enable us to help so many people in need in our area.
Anything else? We have the best volunteers in the world – we couldn’t do our job without them!!
Melanie Hartshorn - Outreach Coordinator
How long have you been a parishioner of St. Laurence? Just over 4 years.
Tell us about your family. I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Chuck, for 33 years. We have three grown sons and one lovely daughter-in-law! We moved here from Raleigh, North Carolina in July 2012. My parents relocated with us and live just a few houses away from us in Rosenberg. They are also members of St. Laurence!
What is your title? I am the Outreach Coordinator in the Social Concerns Ministry Office. My desk is located just inside our main office door, so I am often the first person that visitors to Social Concerns encounter. A big smile is an essential part of my wardrobe every day! I field incoming requests for assistance, explain the many service opportunities that we offer, and help Pennie keep this office running smoothly in any way that I can.
What draws you to the Social Concerns Ministry? The ability to be part of the effort to help those in need on a daily basis.
What unique gifts do you bring to your job here at St. Laurence? I love to organize things - a very important skill to have in this office! I am also pretty good at “cheering on” the efforts of others as they strive to serve those in need. I can easily switch between multiple tasks - a must in this busy office!
What’s one thing you’ve discovered about SCM that you wish more people knew about? The HUGE number of ways that one can volunteer to help others through this ministry and how very easy it is both to find out where help is needed and to use Sign-up Genius to volunteer for specific dates, times and tasks. We have opportunities for work that can be done at home, in our office or out in the community. There is a way for EVERYONE to serve!
Anything else? My husband and I really like it here in Houston. We have made wonderful friends – many through St. Laurence. We count this parish among our most treasured blessings!
Monica Hager - Office Assistant