Front Desk Volunteer and Donor
I was born in St. Louis. I lived here all my life, with the exception of two years when I was living in Fayetteville, North Carolina. And so, I’m homegrown! Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a nurse. I have a servant heart and I knew I had a calling to help others. In 1972, I graduated from a diploma school, Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing here in St. Louis. Later on in my career, I got my Bachelor’s degree and eventually my Master’s in health services management. I worked in health care for 47 years, serving in a variety of positions, everything from a staff nurse to that of a Vice President of Operations. I’m married to my husband David who, after 37 years, retired from the fire service. Between the two of us, we have three children and four grandchildren. My grandchildren are the joy of my life.
About three years ago, I made the decision it was time to retire, and I knew that I would not be someone who would just sit at home, clean house and clean out the closets. I need to feel that my life has purpose so I knew I wanted to work for an organization that supported women or children in some capacity. I had heard about CWIT through a colleague, Carolyn Golden, and I went to a few of the galas and got to know the organization a little bit. The mission and values of CWIT really connected with mine. I just really believe that God calls all of us to serve and help others in some capacity.
Two years ago, I applied online to be a volunteer, and in January I’ll be celebrating my two year anniversary in serving CWIT. What really gives me a sense of accomplishment and worth in serving this organization is seeing not only the success stories of our women who are leaving our program and turning their lives around, but it’s the women who come into the main office and seeing their counselor or are here to look at donations. Those who come on a regular basis--I see their spirits lifted. I see hope in their eyes. And that’s just so gratifying. I think the women I come in contact with seem to be very grateful for the services they receive here. Without CWIT they’d be lost; not have a place to go, not have the resources they need to start a new life, which is really what they do when they leave our program.
I see the impact of my gifts first hand as a volunteer here. I see us as being able to expand our staff, our behavioral health staff, our case manager staff. Those are positions that do so much for our residents, for our women. I see our programs expand. I see, when we moved into our new offices and we were able to acquire some new furniture and things that staff did without for such a long time, and sacrificed for such a long time. We’re finally able to have some things that they truly needed in order to have those resources so that they could carry out their jobs efficiently and effectively in serving the women.
I feel privileged to volunteer here. I think the men and women who work and volunteer in this organization are dedicated and very passionate about the work they do. They truly believe in the mission. They work very hard, and many times long days to make sure the mission is fulfilled, and needs of the residents are being met. I’m humbled when observing and being part of the work that they do. I believe my background and skill set allows me to contribute in such a way that supports the CWIT mission and helps to improve the operations of the organization.