“IT TAKES ALL OF US”

What began as a somewhat of a diversion ended with nearly two decades of loyal service to GRACE.  Friends Debbie Minea and Nancy Bowen have faithfully driven the same route to deliver supplies and warm smiles to seniors through Friends & Family month after month, year after year.

Back in 1997, Nancy struggled with a devastating health diagnosis. That’s why her PTA friend, Debbie, encouraged her to get out into the community by giving back. Debbie had been no stranger to GRACE. In fact she had been on staff in multiple capacities, including Client Services and the Community Clinic in its infancy.

Soon the monthly rounds became a staple on their calendar, and both looked forward to the time they could catch up with their friend while developing rapport with the seniors.

When asked how the experience impacted her over the years, Nancy said, “The years seemed to fly by, and along the way I became a senior myself. As new challenges emerged, I experienced the boundless good nature of others. Every client has different challenges, from economic to physical and relational hardships. We had the opportunity to empathize with some of these obstacles and connect as fellow women.”

As Debbie reflected on the nineteen years of loyal service, totaling 230 shifts and over 340 hours of advocacy to seniors in need, she was thankful she has been able to give back to a cause that has given her so much in return.

To restore hope to those hurting in our community, through gestures great and small–“It takes all of us,” said Debbie.

On behalf of GRACE, thanks for devoting time out of each month to share God’s love with an often-overlooked population.

If you have a heart for seniors and would like to learn more about volunteer matching or monthly commodities delivery, start a conversation with GRACE Friends & Family Coordinator Maryanne Waddell.

“The years seemed to fly by, and along the way I became a senior myself. As new challenges emerged, I experienced the boundless good nature of others. Every client has different challenges, from economic to physical and relational hardships. We had the opportunity to empathize with some of these obstacles and connect as fellow women.”  -Nancy Bowen