The Touchstone Awards: Lutheran Social Service

October 27, 2014 09:45 PM

Bruce Pomeroy heard the water rushing into his basement, that fateful June 2012 night.


"I went down in my sweats, and saw the water coming up from the drain. It was up to the third step in my basement. I got my shop vac out and started doing that, but it wasn't enough. I sat on my steps and cried for four hours. I thought I had lost my house," the Esko veteran told us.

After the waters receded, he tried for months to get the help he needed to clean up. But he ran into roadblocks, until he met Sheryl Monette, a case worker with Lutheran Social Service.

"Meeting Bruce was a blessing," Sheryl told us.

She helped him navigate the complicated paperwork it took to get a loan to fix the basement and get the new water heater, furnace, and dryer.

"I love that girl. The whole team was great. They fought for me," Pomeroy said.

LSS was awarded a large grant to help support the case workers and volunteer coordination.

Through their efforts, they were able to help more than 800 homeowners after the flood, through a 7 county area.

"It was challenging," said Monette. "But we got the job done."

LSS is a finalist for the Touchstone Awards, from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. The awards luncheon is Tuesday at the DECC.


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