World Traveler Takes Volunteer Journey to WHAM
Karem “Sam” Sheih goes home each day knowing he made a difference in someone’s life. Sam is a volunteer at West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM). He has worked in the food pantry at WHAM for nine months.
Sam came to WHAM through a partnership with the Chinese Community Center. After spending more than 35 years working in the restaurant business, the retiree was looking for a chance to develop skills in a new career.
“This has been a good opportunity for me,” said Sam. “Some days are busy, but I am getting a lot of experience working one-on-one with people. It is very rewarding.”
Sam is from Malaysia and was born in Pakistan. He is also a seasoned world traveler, having visited such far away locations as Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. Despite his journeys, Sam says it is his work at WHAM that has left the biggest impression on him.
“The economy has been tough for a lot of people. It’s not unusual for the clients who come to WHAM, seeking help with food and finances, to be very worried,” said Sam. “However, I know just the five minutes I spend with them can make a big difference in their day.”
Those who work closest to Sam would agree. They say it is volunteers like him that are helping WHAM to fulfill its mission to serve.
“Sam is a huge asset to the food pantry,” said Selena Nimchan, Food Pantry Supervisor. “He is a dedicated volunteer, who will come in even on days he is not scheduled to work.”
If you would like to make a difference in the lives of Houston families, visit our website at www.whamministries.org or contact Ella Clark, WHAM Volunteer Coordinator at 713-343-0428.