Pat Williams has been a volunteer since the House opened in 1990. She works in Guest Services, acts as a House Warmer, and trains volunteers. She understands what it is to be the “welcoming arms” of the House.
“When I first signed up to volunteer, I was asked to commit to six hours a month. I figured there’s something wrong if I couldn’t do six hours a month! I love volunteering here because I see how families appreciate the little things we do. A small pat on the back, or a kind word - it sounds so small, but you can tell how much it means. I’ve seen letters and donations come in from former guests who send money or start volunteering because they are so appreciative of what the House did for them in their tough time.
Volunteering is just about encouraging people. And no matter what you do, you’re doing something to help. It’s the little things that matter. We keep our eyes and ears open and just do whatever it is that needs to get done. We’re not on a schedule; we’re just there to help.
I’ve met so many great people and made some wonderful friends. I thought about volunteering somewhere else, but another volunteer here got cancer, so I took her shift as a gift to her. Thankfully, she is doing well and has returned, and now I’ll certainly never leave!” ~ Pat Williams