In early 2018 the Washington Area Humane Society was in the beginning stages of planning for construction of their new facility as well as starting a capital campaign. Kelly Proudfit, Executive Director of the society was tasked with building a group of volunteers to serve on the construction committee.
It was approaching Christmas in 2014. The windows and doors of the WHS Washington Hospital Gift Shop were covered with paper like a present waiting to be unwrapped. It had been 35 years since the Gift Shop had last been remodeled, and now a crowd had gathered outside the entrance – visitors, patients, employees, administration, auxiliary board members and volunteers – eager to see the changes. Each of us took a deep breath as Myrtle Fischer, the Gift Shop Manager and a volunteer since 1960, turned the handle to open the doors to the newly remodeled gift shop for the first time.
When I hear the word "pickle," I don’t think sweet or dill. I think of pickleball. You might say I’m a pickleball fanatic. Despite being a physical education teacher for 37 years, I had never heard of pickleball until five years ago when a friend asked me to play for the first time. I fell in love with the sport. Little did I know it would change my life.
Nancy left Tianjin, China, a port city southeast of Beijing, in 2005, ultimately finding her way to Washington. But her journey has been a test of persistence and determination. When Nancy came to America, she didn’t know a single person and she didn’t speak English.
As counselors, we see and hear everything from a child being sent with two outfits in a suitcase to last the entirety of the week, to a child openly stating “Please don’t make me go home. I love camp. There’s food here. We don’t have any at home.” If your heart ached reading that last sentence, just imagine stepping into our shoes and hearing it first-hand.