I have always believed that life is anything but linear. If you remain open to new experiences and commit to your interests, opportunities cross your path and are yours for the taking.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare from the University of Minnesota. My first job was as a Social Service Director at an urban nursing home in south Minneapolis. From there my life took scenic routes, high speed thoroughfares and dead ends through retail giants, jails and prisons (as an employee) and my own health food store right here in Yarnell.
Two years ago I identified an unmet need in our senior community. Seniors struggling to keep their companion animals when faced with medical and financial hardships. I developed Peteys Playground to support those difficulties.
Now I find myself closing the circle with this great job that allows me to utilize all the skills I have acquired over the years.
I was a Meals on Wheels driver for a year. I am so aware of the significant positive impact this that program has on our residents. Our drivers continue to go so far beyond basic meal delivery with our clients. Their health and happiness is a priority to them. The meals on wheels and congregate dining programs are cornerstone to our mission. Bigger and bigger crowds enjoy our lunch menu and the comraderie in our dining room Monday through Friday
We are now in a position to expand the services that we offer to continue to help the seniors and other community members whether is a short term or longer term need.
I have a vision of the center becoming a great place to meet and share ideas. An all-inclusive resource that makes everyone feel welcome and valued. Everyone can make a contribution toward that vision, with ideas, time or monetary donations.
My door is always open. If we have not met yet please stop by and introduce yourself.