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Pathways Volunteer Stories
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Steve Haley, Pathways Volunteer
“Steve has a special ability to forge a bond with the patients he sees. He takes people where they are and makes no judgments and, as a result, is able to see the essence and humanity of each patient. He combines a wicked sense of humor with a deep spirituality.”
Rusty Broyles, Pathways Pet Volunteer
My name is Rusty and you can see by my color how I got my name. When I was a puppy, I was very quiet, shy and always sweet and gentle. I knew I was different and that my life would be unique, I just didn't know how special it would be. You see, I am proud to say that I am a working dog.
Sherry Rayner, Pathways Volunteer
The most heart wrenching yet fulfilling cases I’ve had as a Hospice volunteer has been with Pathways KIDS. During this time, I have learned that flexibility is the key and there is always a way to communicate.
Setsuko Sato, Pathways Volunteer
I am stunned by the power of energy work.
Elizabeth Gonzalez Obregon, Pathways Volunteer
Last year one of my sisters gave me a magazine in which I found “31 ways to help”. That article led me to the webpage www.dosomething.org and found out that a company called Pathways needed volunteers.
Jesus Portillo, Pathways Volunteer
A natural born philosopher-observer of life, Jesus Portillo has a friend who likes to say, ‘Scarcity is the beginning of value.’ He concluded that one of the scarcest commodities is time. He should know. As a cab dispatcher and driver, he spends his days helping busy people get from one place to another, one appointment to another.
Christy Yuen, Pathways Volunteer
Jeannine, an 89 year-old French lady, knew her days were numbered. More than anything, she wished to put her memories down on paper. I visited her three times before she suddenly passed away. During those special hours as I typed, her accented voice whisked us back into history…
Daneen Pederson, Pathways Volunteer
When a patient’s daughter paid a visit, she noticed an Australian Shepherd, stuffed toy next to her mother’s bedside. When asked who gave her the toy, her 90-year old mother replied, “The Woman Who Comes to Visit Me.”
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