do good: Ken Wessling

AGE: 66



WHAT HE DOES: Wessling is a physical therapist who volunteers his services once a week to the homeless at St. Vincent dePaul Health Clinic.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The clinic is operated by Coordinated Health Services, a nonprofit organization that provides health care for the homeless and uninsured. Coordinated Health also operates the Good Samaritan Respite Center, which provides short-term residential medical care without charging clients a fee. If a service is needed that Coordinated Health cannot provide, it offers its clients assistance in obtaining it.

WHY HE DOES IT: "After I retired, I thought I ought to do volunteer work. I get more rewards than probably the patients get. It's really fulfilling to help people.

"Our whole medical provision system is very poorly designed in this country. The only people who get reasonably good care are those who are well-to-do, and those who can qualify for programs like Medicaid. But in order to qualify for Medicaid, you really have to be impoverished. It's getting harder and harder for people to qualify for Medicaid or Social Security. If they qualified for either one of those, they would no longer qualify for a program like this."

Wessling is also a member of the Secular Franciscan Order, which involves reaching out to those less fortunate. His volunteer work is his part of his postulate within the order.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Volunteers are an integral part of the center's operations and are always needed, specifically those with a background in the medical field. Monetary donations help support the cost of patient care. To volunteer or donate, call Kimberly Blanchard, executive director, at (706) 364-2600 or send an e-mail to


Help saturday

Coordinated Health Services is hosting a rummage sale at the building next to Good Samaritan Respite Center, 2136 Broad St., from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will be used to renovate the building, which will be used to as an occupational and physical therapy center.


Eat, Drink and Be "Marry" 24th annual Auction and Dinner Party (benefits Hitchcock Healthcare): 6:30 p.m. Friday, Hitchcock Healthcare Campus, 690 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; $75; $550 table of eight; buffet, bar, auctions; semi-formal attire; reservations; (803) 293-4375

Sweet Celebrations (benefits the RECing Crew): 6-10 p.m. Saturday

North Augusta Community Center, 101 Brookside Drive; $10, free ages 5 and younger; desserts from area restaurants and sweets shops; silent auction; live entertainment featuring Jaycie Ward; (803) 279-8820

Pianist Gil Sullivan (benefits Aiken Center for the Arts): 8 p.m. Saturday, Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W.; $25; pre-party at Winter Colony home $75; famed Australian concert pianist, reservations required; (803) 641-9094

Brothers of the Dove 2011 Scholarship Golf Tournament: Registration 8 a.m., shotgun start 9 a.m. Saturday, Augusta Municipal Golf Course, 2023 Highland Ave.; $60, lunch, green/cart fees; benefits Edward C. Riley Scholarship Foundation, Cross Creek High football; (706) 731-9344

Seventh Annual Alleluia Glory Run (benefits Alleluia Community School): Saturday, 8 a.m. with 1-mile Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m., Faith Village neighborhood off Lumpkin Road; $20; $15.50 military/police/fire personnel; Tot Trot for preschoolers $10; (706) 798-1882 or