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Scotty knew that AIM helped people, so he met with, Nancy Henderson, the Emergency Assistance Director at the time, who helped Scotty with the bill and helped set him up for food stamps and sent him on his way.
Soon, Scotty was back at AIM but this time he wasn’t here for help. He said, “I can’t take your money without paying back.” Mrs. Nancy tried to explain to Scotty that the help he received was a gift from the donors of AIM. Scotty insisted, “Let me come and clean the bathrooms.” Mrs. Nancy then understood - the bathrooms did need cleaning - but mainly, Scotty needed to give back!
The next day, Scotty showed up to AIM and worked under the supervision of Floyd, another AIM staff member. At the end of the day Floyd reported to Mrs. Nancy that Scotty did a great job and would be a great addition to support staff at AIM. Mrs. Nancy contacted AARP to help Scotty apply for their workforce program and requested that Scotty be placed at AIM as a janitor.
“I’ve been preached to all my life, but I’ve never seen Christianity in action like I have here at AIM.”
For the next two and a half years Scotty showed up to work every day to clean the bathrooms at AIM. Everyone grew to love talking to Scotty, helping Scotty, and answering his theological questions. Looking back, Mrs. Nancy describes Scotty as doing the “labor of love.” Eventually the staff at AIM found out that Scotty was an artist. Soon Scotty was more than just AIM’s bathroom cleaner! The staff employed Scotty to paint chairs and other items for various events, and even employed him privately to paint personal items for their homes. Scotty loved painting, so the staff got lots of painted gifts as well.
When Scotty needed a car, the staff at AIM found one for him so that he could continue to work. When Scotty didn’t show up to work, Mr. Floyd knew something was wrong, so he went to Scotty’s house to check on him and found him in the need of help. Scotty had fallen off a ladder and broken his foot.
Mr. Floyd rushed Scotty to the hospital. Everyone on staff that had grown to love Scotty made sure to take care of him. When Scotty needed groceries, Mrs. Nancy would make sure he had them. Mrs. Nancy and other AIM staff and volunteers also enjoyed bringing Scotty cooked meals, especially BBQ from Little Pigs since it was his favorite.
Scotty eventually parted from AIM and soon became terminally ill. After Scotty’s death the AIM staff that grew to love him received permission from his landlord to get flowers and ivy from his yard to plant at the WACS Cottage on AIM’s campus. Some questioned Scotty’s faith at time, but upon leaving Mrs. Nancy noticed something she hadn’t seen on previous visits to Scotty’s house, a self-constructed cross. All doubt had been removed.
At his very core, Scotty emulated pure humility, was independent, and wanted to give back to his community. These are the types of relationships that AIM hopes to create with clients. Relationships where AIM does all the work giving, and clients do nothing but receive are destructive and end with both parties at odd with the other. AIM seeks not to provide a hand out, but a hand up. Scotty said it best in his own words at one of AIM’s annual meetings, “I’ve been preached to all my life, but I’ve never seen Christianity in action like I have here at AIM.”