In Giving, We Receive
Ann Preising
When we can’t make it to the grocery store, we "make do" for a while. But for Ann Preising, 62, that experience almost proved deadly. Ann is severely diabetic, and bedridden primarily due to a stroke 18 months ago. She lives alone and depends a lot on professional home health caregivers. But in early June she went through a gap in service. "The one agency I had had for a while dropped me with very little notice, and my case manager was having trouble finding another agency," says Ann. "It was a time frame where I couldn’t get anyone to come in and do the shopping."

For four days, Ann found herself living off of bread and water. She became disoriented and confused. She called a friend who lived 200 miles away. The friend called police here. Her immediate medical needs were addressed by Adult Protective Services. But when she got back home, she needed food in her apartment. St. Vincent’s came to her rescue. "The shelves were stocked, the dishes were done, and food was prepared. St. Vincent’s saved my life. I don’t know what I would’ve done without them." Ann says it was difficult to admit she needed that help. "But Jesus had 12 apostles, so he didn’t do everything alone either. I don’t know what makes me feel like I can do it all alone." Until her health problems began, she had always been pretty self-sufficient and involved in the community. She was educated in Catholic schools, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Elgin Community College in Illinois. She’s worked a variety of jobs that tapped her creative spirit.

"When this emergency happened in June, I just had to get over my pride, take a deep breath and say ‘Help!’. St. Vincent’s was the closest thing to family when I went through that. I just don’t know what I would’ve done without them."


"St. Vincent's saved my life. I don't know what I would've done without them." 


"Jesus had 12 apostles, so he didn't do everything alone either."