Bea, the one-in-a-million volunteer
Bea Borsato- a name that will instantly put a smile on any of the faces of the ladies at the Casey House. She is Casey’s one-in-a-million volunteer who has invested so much of her time in the lives of each of the ladies that live there. The Casey ladies were asked one afternoon “what do you guys love so much about Bea?” and it didn’t take any of them long to respond. “I love her”, “she is such a good friend”, “she is the kind of lady that just makes you really happy”, “she is always here, always doing such nice things for us all the time”, “she always does special things for us on our birthdays”…. were just a few of the responses.
Bea is one of those human beings that you just wish there were more of. She has a heart of gold that has served the Casey ladies generously for over 5 years now. Bea spends time each Tuesday afternoon running a craft group at Casey- providing all of the supplies and socializing with the ladies for the afternoon. She has been an extremely large support system on their weight loss journey. She comes each Thursday to the house to run a weight loss group, and is always encouraging each of the ladies to find value in who they are, and to keep on trying, even when they have had a rough week.
One of the Casey ladies described Bea as her “Best Friend”, and to each of them, this statement is very true. To these ladies, Bea is a constant in their lives, one that they have learned to love and trust over the years. Bea is somebody that they feel they can go to for support, to talk with, laugh with or cry with. She is constantly going out of her way to make each lady feel special- by taking them out for coffee, sending them e mails of encouragement or planning something special for their birthday.
It is very obvious that loving and caring for people comes naturally to Bea. The Casey ladies have been blessed to have her in their lives. She has made her mark, and has impacted their lives in ways she could never imagine. THANK YOU Bea for all of your time, energy and love…. you make a HUGE difference in the lives of each of the ladies at the Casey House!!
Barb and Carley
“Why do you like, Carley, Barb?” “Because she’s my friend!” The answer is simple, yet powerful. The volunteers that come through our doors are so important to the lives of the individuals we support. For a short time each week, these individuals have a chance to meet with someone different, who is not their housemate, not their co-worker that they see every weekday, and not their staff. They are one of the few people in their lives who they refer to as “friend” – and this friend is there just to see them.
They are one of the few people in their lives who they refer to as “friend” – and this friend is there just to see them.
Barb leads a full life, which can result in some anxious times for Barb. However; it doesn’t matter what her week is like, every Thursday after dinner, Barb looks forward to her weekly visit with Carley when they go to the mall for her favorite treat-a cookie and pop. As soon as they get into the car, the first thing Carley says is “Where to, boss?” – and she means it. For an hour each week, Barb is the boss. She gets to decide where to go, what to do, and she talks about whatever she wants with her friend. We are really grateful for Carley’s dedication to volunteering with Barb. Volunteers often have busy lives themselves so it can be difficult to commit to visits on a regular basis. This is why we need to thank our volunteers for the work that they do. It is meaningful and appreciated by the individuals we support. Barb’s life is one that has been truly enriched as a result.
David and Cara
Parents for Community Living is characterized as a caring organization that provides safe and reliable housing for those in the community that need extra support. Throughout my time as a volunteer I have come to realize that this organization is one that greatly impacts the lives of the members of the households, their families and the community in a positive way.
As a volunteer, I have had the opportunity to work with several residents of the Parents for Community Living houses and have found this to be an extremely enjoyable experience. One of the best parts is meeting the residents of the households and getting to know them individually. It is a great experience to be able to see that they are very independent and in some cases are fully functioning. I have been lucky enough to have aided in the development of skills through one of the residents of the Parents for Community Living homes. This was a rewarding experience because it allowed me to see the many skills and assets these residents possess. One resident in particular showed determination and strength in learning exercises from a fitness class.
It is through volunteering that I have learned what a large impact I can have by doing such a small service to my community.
These new exercises and skills directly impacted her health in a positive way as she lost 5 pounds by the end of the fitness program. As a student, it is difficult to find time in a busy schedule to help others, but as I have come to realize, it is an important part of my weekly routine because I find the experience very rewarding. The residents will thank me and it makes me feel good to know that I have made a difference, even if it was a small one. Just doing something as simple as helping someone fold their laundry, or helping them make dinner may be a big help to that person. It is through volunteering that I have learned what a large impact I can have by doing such a small service to my community. I have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at Parents for Community Living, and I am excited to see what new opportunities this organization may bring.