SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: The Ledets Give Back!
February 1, 2017
Every Christmas season, Stu and Julie Ledet take pride in their special tradition of sending a care package of darling baby items to be donated to Epiphany Center’s families. Already monthly donors, the Ledets go the extra mile by selecting and purchasing items, then packing each with tender love and care, knowing the items will go to help their “San Francisco family”.
The Ledets first learned of Epiphany Center, then called Mt. St. Joseph’s-St. Elizabeth’s, in August of 1997. They had been working with Sierra Adoption Services in Sacramento to add to their family through adoption. In August they received a call with wonderful news that they had been matched with a very special twenty month old boy in San Francisco.
“It wasn’t long before we were meeting with Sister Estela, Sister Fran, and our new soon-to-be son. However, at the time, the transition period seemed to be agonizingly long. We were a young couple, eager to bring our new son home, and the three week transitional period felt like an eternity. But looking back at it now, I truly appreciate the time the staff provided for us to get to know our son and to ease into becoming parents of a toddler and a new family of three”, recalls Julie.
“During that three week period we got to know Sister Estela, Sister Fran, and other staff members. We saw such kindness and compassion from each and every staff member and quickly began to think of them as part of our extended family. We are eternally grateful for the love and care they gave to our son, to all of the other children there, and to the loving guidance and encouragement they gave to us as new parents of a special little boy that we all treasured”.
Julie was a Human Resources professional before the Ledets brought their son home, but since then she’s been a grateful stay-at-home mom. In 2000, the Ledets adopted a daughter. To give back, Julie’s volunteered at a crisis pregnancy center. Stu retired from the Air Force several years ago and is now flying for FedEx. In their spare time they enjoy tennis, biking, reading, watching movies and of course, spending time at home with the family.
The Ledets’ annual Christmas package is their small way of saying THANK YOU to all those who graciously took such great care of their son so many years ago. “It is our hope that our gift may in some way help the wonderful staff at the Epiphany Center touch the lives another sweet child in their care”.