• Alumni story
    Connie 1997 1998 Minot

    My favorite quote is "It's never to late to reinvent yourself and follow your dreams."

    In 1992 I walked through the doors of Minot State University, a 46 year old single Mom with 5 children. I was determined to achieve my life long dream of earning a degree in Sociology and eventually working with orphans in Africa. I graduated in 1997 with my degree and decided to give one year in service to America with Americorp Vista. The year became the turning point in reinventing my life. Working under the supervision of Minot Housing Authority I become the coordinator of an Entrepenuerial Training Program, assisting those in our community who wanted to start a business. In the following year over 300 persons attended these training sessions and 50 new business were started. In 2000 I was awarded one of of the "Top 100 Best Practices" nationwide from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    Five years later I flew to Nairobi, Kenya, Africa. That year I founded the "Heart for Africa" missions. I continue to travel to Africa to work with orphans and women in poverty. I have taught the same Entrepreneur Training Program in Kenya and Uganda. Many of these women have started businesses in their small villages. My story was featured in Minot State Univerity Connections magazine. Ja Ja Con, meaing Grama Connie is what they affectionately call me in Africa.

    My children are now all grown and I am the proud Grama of 24 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. God has blessed me and my life is full.



  • Alumni story
    Ericka Zdenek 1999 2000

    Viewfinder: What was it like for you to live on the VISTA living allowance?

    Ericka: Coming directly from the Peace Corps in El Salvador, I felt very "rich" because I'd been living amongst people that didn't even have a home.

    I view the world as being resource rich. I've never made a ton of money but no matter what the amount, I've always felt like it was an honor to serve. The living allowance and resources provided was enough to survive on.

    VF: Why did you choose to serve?

    Ericka: It was a part personal – part philosophical decision. I was transitioning from Peace Corps and had just given birth to my daughter. I was looking for something that could contribute to my family but also had flexibility. My daughter was one when she first participated in a service event – I was excited to instill this in her from such an early age.

    I also felt it was a natural evolution for the path I'm on. I really believe in community change work – seeing the resources that are available and inspiring others to engage in the important work that VISTAs do every day. I wanted to be a connector and VISTA helps build communities. VISTA definitely aligns with my personal beliefs.

    VF: Would you say your perspective on poverty changed throughout your year of service? If yes, how?

    Ericka: Poverty is in the eye of the beholder. My service helped peel away the layers of societal stigmas and gross generalizations about those in poverty. Yes, there are certainly several obstacles a person in poverty has to overcome, but there is the x-factor- human potential. I gained a new found respect for the people that I served. In many ways, I would call them magicians. They were resourceful, determined, and had dreams. VISTA helped me find ways to empower others into writing a new chapter in their lives.

    VF: What are you doing now?

    Ericka: I'm a program consultant for Volunteer Florida. I mentor/coach ten AmeriCorps programs across the state. Instead of working directly with members, I'm working with the managers and supervisors of AmeriCorps programs. VISTA has helped prepare me for this job in many ways – what does it take to make sustainable change – and inspiring program directors and local leaders to make change in their communities. One of the best parts of my job is to go out and visit the sites. I have the opportunity to talk with members, which is very nostalgic. Even though it's not AmeriCorps VISTA, there is a sisterhood – I know what they're going through.

    VF: Do you think VISTAs should be allowed to work part-time?

    Ericka: No. It is an opportunity to immerse yourself in service and community. VISTA service demands a complete commitment. A job would distract and complicate the VISTA experience.

    VF: What is your advice for VISTA's on how to make the most out of the living allowance?

    Ericka: If possible, I would recommend having a roommate or living with family. There are harsh realities that you have to deal with. I had a daughter but was able to utilize the VISTA childcare benefits. It's important to know what resources are available to you – what the Corporation and what the community provides.

    I made sure that I had my networks of support in place prior to deciding to take on the challenge of being an AmeriCorps VISTA

    VF: What is your advice for VISTA's on how to make the most out of the living allowance?

    Ericka: Get to know people in your organization and the environment you're working with – this can lead to people taking you out to lunch! Meet people in the community and explain what VISTA is along with your story. They will want to help you out.

    I made sure that I had my networks of support in place prior to deciding to take on the challenge of being an AmeriCorps VISTA.

    VF: Any final words?

    Ericka: VISTA was the culminating service event for me. I had served in several other programs from the AmeriCorps NCCC to Peace Corps. VISTA gave me the opportunity to hone my skills as a community change agent and instilled the belief that change is possible.

  • Alumni story
    Ray Wright 1990 1993 Detroit

    Through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, I experienced life-changing events. For that I am grateful. In fact, I believe I’m living testimony to AmeriCorps VISTA’s national importance and continued necessity.

    By teaching technical, communications and networking skills to those who would never get a chance to rebuild their self-confidence and community infrastructures, AmeriCorps VISTA serves as a “mender” of the breach in our nation's safety net. I congratulate AmeriCorps VISTA on 40 years of excellence in mentoring and cultivating the dormant energies and aspirations inside America's grass-root organizations.

    I am the eldest of eight children, and as a child I excelled in school and athletics. But because of family structural breakdowns, parental alcoholism, molestation, and physical abuse, I lost my edge, dropped out of high school, and joined the U.S. Army in 1970 at age 17.

    By 1974, I was a 21-year-old African American male, with a family of four, no education, and no clear career path. What was I going to do? How could I take care of my family? I eventually had to get on welfare with my family, but I was trying to find a way to get ahead. This time in my life was the beginning of more than 15 years of crisscrossing the country in search of better work, education, and career opportunities to help me take care of my family.

    In 1990, I ended up back in Detroit as a community outreach coordinator at Operation Get Down, a grass-roots Pan-African social service agency, where I had earned a GED (general equivalency diploma) in 1975. In addition to GED assistance, Operation Get Down identifies self-help solutions in the Detroit community, offers shelter and support to the homeless, designs youth development programs and coordinates family emergency services. After a year at Operation Get Down, I became a VISTA member at the organization’s Warming Center, where homeless clients were served a hot meal and given sleeping accommodations for the night.

    Between 1990 and 1993, at least 75,000 people had been cut from the welfare roles, and another 50,000 had been released from mental hospitals throughout Michigan. These two acts alone swelled the population of homeless residents in Detroit to an estimated 10,000. One of my VISTA duties was to drive a van around town to pick up homeless adults and children off the streets and transport them to our warming facility when freezing wintertime temperatures hit the area. By the second year of Operation Get Down's expanded city-wide Warming Center program, metro Detroit residents were calling us “The Brothers in the Vans.”

    Richard Trice, Operation Get Down’s Deputy Director and my VISTA supervisor, had a vision to take helping the homeless to an unprecedented level. He wanted to create a place where homeless clients could receive comprehensive services 24 hours a day, rebuilding the community “one life at a time.” Thus, Nia House was established, and I was reassigned there through the VISTA program as a residential liaison and advocate for residents’ rights.

    At Nia House (Nia means purpose in Swahili), the largest transitional housing unit in Michigan at that time, we helped rebuild lives from the ground up, but this was no free ride. Residents had to clean their rooms, bathe daily and perform duties around the house, such as painting, cutting grass, plastering, sweeping, mopping and helping prepare meals. The community gained a sense of pride and respect for the Nia House residents, who had found something worth living for—self-respect.

    Counselors admitted residents into Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous programs, sent qualified residents to GED programs, helped them with medical problems and helped them find employment. Nia House fed 144 residents, both men and women, daily. Through my AmeriCorps*VISTA tenure, I witnessed Operation Get Down saving hundreds, if not thousands, of lives. We found people under bridges and in hallways; we picked up women and children freezing in dead of winter and men and women decimated by drug use. We saved victims of domestic violence by securing warm, safe surroundings, making sure they got help to realign their lives, and by giving them a hot meal.

    Years later, it is a humbling to encounter former residents of Nia House walking downtown, or at the bus stop, or in a Westside market, and hear them say, “Thank you, Brother Wright. The Nia House experience helped save my life.”

    The Nia House helped change the way many politicians viewed the homeless problem in Michigan and revitalized efforts against homelessness. Twelve years later, it has helped reduce the number of Detroit's homeless by half.

    Although I left Nia House and VISTA in 1993, I am still actively involved in grass-roots community development and urban design activities. Following the death of my 22-year-old daughter in 1998, I wanted to create a program to help children combat drug abuse and child molestation. So I engaged the same networking and communications skills that I used as an AmeriCorps VISTA member to start the Just Aim Motivate and Move (JAMM) Project, which features an after-school and summer program where inner-city youth learn computer technology and engage in physical activity, cultural enrichment, and economic enrichment education.

    The AmeriCorps program at Oakland University in Pontiac, Michigan, has been a strong partner of the JAMM mission and its projects. During the past seven years, the AmeriCorps Oakland has helped recruit hundreds of manpower hours for our JAMM Session, an annual fundraiser that involves having fun through games and lots of showmanship on the basketball court.

    This past December, the JAMM Project was honored at the 10-year celebration of AmeriCorps Oakland. Through the JAMM Project, AmeriCorps Oakland has served thousands of youth and their parents across the Pontiac and metro Detroit area.

    All of these can be traced back to 1991 when VISTA helped train me and set the path for me to acquire cross networking experiences over the years.

    Thank you, AmeriCorps VISTA. I hope there will be many more decades of unmatched service to this great nation.

  • Alumni story
    Gordon Richins 1994 1996 Logan

    My life changed completely on August 9, 1987. That day, after 15 years of dairy farming, I was loading bales of hay onto a truck. A bale fell from the top of the haystack and struck me on the head, which severed my spinal cord between the fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae in my neck. I was paralyzed from the neck down.

    After two weeks in intensive care and six months in a rehabilitation unit, I returned home on January 10, 1988, with very little arm movement and no hand movement. Life would never be the same for my wife, Faustine, my son, Dustin, and me. We were scared to death about how to deal with my physical disability and unemployment.

    I soon realized I must carve out a new life for myself and my young family. Being home from the hospital and enjoying the company and assistance of my community helped change my attitude toward the future. My friends and neighbors provided us with help and financial support, which I soon realized I could never repay. I promised to do anything I could to help give back to my community in any way.

    I no longer had the physical ability to do farm labor on my in-laws’ dairy farm. But I was given the opportunity to attend college at Utah State University, which is not too far from my home in Preston, Idaho, by the Idaho Vocational Rehabilitation program. The program provided me with the financial assistance to earn a degree and pursue employment that I would be able to do. It took four and a half years to graduate, an accomplishment I’m very proud of.

    After graduating from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business, I interviewed with several companies but didn’t receive an offer. A friend encouraged me to check into a position as an Outreach Specialist with OPTIONS for Independence, northern Utah’s Center for Independent Living. I got an interview, was offered the position and realized that my life would change again, this time in a very positive manner.

    I served two years as an Outreach Specialist and AmeriCorps*VISTA member. During that time I became passionate about advocating for people with disabilities, realizing there were many disability issues that had direct influence on the quality of life of people with disabilities. I soon realized I had joined an organization that generated a very positive outlook on life with a disability instead of the negative outlook of “you can’t do this or you won’t be able to do that.”

    Under Helen Roth’s direction, my two years with OPTIONS for Independence was very busy and productive. It was a time of personal growth as my outlook on life changed dramatically. People with disabilities deal with quality-of-life issues that the rest of America takes for granted. I attended many community activities, trainings and statewide systems change projects that allowed me to address those issues directly. I also joined three national groups that advocate for individuals with disabilities, allowing me to better represent Utah and my friends and family. My involvement resulted in community improvements, including accessibility to transportation and housing.

    One of my projects was an information booklet that provided community contact information for individuals with a disability. It answered the many questions I had when I left the hospital. The booklet was shared throughout northern Utah and mailed out to consumers statewide as requested. Another was the development of a community advocacy group to address community issues, such as those addressed in the Americans with Disabilities Act. The group, Concerned Citizens with Disabilities Coalition, is still active today, 10 years after its development.

    I also graduated from Partners in Policy Making, a statewide advocacy program designed to develop community advocates willing to engage in community systems change that enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. Being a driving force in this community enhancement is very gratifying.

    I have very fond memories of people I met, places I went and the community changes I was part of during my VISTA position. Giving back to my community gave me a new sense of worth after becoming an individual with a serious physical disability, quadriplegia.

    As I neared the end of my two years I realized I had changed as a person, I could see my community changing and I felt good about myself and my involvement in the process. As I worked on a resume to pursue future employment, my Bachelor of Science degree now had a lot of experience to go with it. I had also gained a level of confidence I had never had before. I knew I could go to work somewhere, make a difference and pay my own bills. I even paid off my student loans from the education award and was able to utilize the remainder of my tuition dollars for additional college courses.

    Life is now totally different than my 15 years as a dairy farmer. I look at life differently and know the future will be just as positive as the last two years have been. My new friends are always positive and this seemed to have rubbed off on me. I am once again happy; I’m repaying my community and do not have the level of depression I experienced after my accident. I’m too busy to sit around and feel sorry for myself. Life is good again.

  • Alumni story
    John D. Ossowski 1997 1998 Utica

    The year I spent as an AmeriCorps*VISTA was one of the most definitive moments of my life. At the time I was accepted for service, I faced the prospect of graduating from college with little to no direction for the future. My family disagreed with my willingness to take a year off from college and put my graduation on hold, but I was convinced it was the right thing to do. Looking back, I can honestly say the decision to commit to service was my first real act of independence. And it was absolutely the right thing to do.

    From August 1997 to August 1998, I worked with the Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program at Utica College in Utica, N.Y. The Young Scholars partnerships program is a collaborative project between Utica College and the Utica City School District whose goal is to meet the challenge of motivating teenage students to stay in school, earn a New York State Regents Diploma and pursue post-secondary education. At Utica College, I served the program as a tutor. AmeriCorps*VISTA stationed me at a high school site full time to expand program services for a diverse population of urban youth.

    The challenge during my year of service was establishing a strong community service and service-learning component for Young Scholars students. Throughout the school year, I worked with another AmeriCorps*VISTA to coordinate various community service projects for Young Scholars students. We discovered that involving students in their community gave them a sense of pride in it. This sense of pride spilled over into students’ school communities and was reflected in their approach to schoolwork.

    Make a Difference Day in 1997 was one of several memorable projects. Many of our students lived in Cornhill, an economically depressed neighborhood. Participating in the Cornhill Cleanup Project, sponsored by the Cornhill Coalition of Block Associations, gave students the chance to do something to help their own community. Despite the rain and cold, students worked with other community members to clean up trash on the streets. It also gave them a first hand look at the problem of litter and the opportunity to take ownership over the place they called home.

    Their service focused on something different during a project at Adrean Terrace, a municipal housing project. Joining with AmeriCorps*VISTAs and AmeriCorps members from other areas, students collected discarded books from the Utica Public Library to create a small library at the housing project. By bringing books into their neighborhood, making written material more accessible to their neighbors, students encouraged literacy. Again, as with the neighborhood clean-up project, students had the opportunity to improve their immediate community.

    As a long-term project, we helped organize a soda can tab drive. Taking our cue from an article in a service organization’s magazine, we challenged students to see how many tabs they could collect for recycling to benefit the Shriners Children’s Hospitals. This project focused on “kids helping kids.” At the end of the year, we turned the project into a miniature math lesson to calculate the number of tabs collected. Rather than take on the cumbersome task of counting the mountain of can tabs, we designed a solution involving volume. Students needed to determine the approximate number of can tabs that would fit into a cubic inch. They then needed to calculate the volume of the receptacle holding the tabs (in terms of cubic inches). This number was multiplied by the number of can tabs per cubic inch and it was found that students had amassed more than 88,000 can tabs in one year’s time.

    Since the implementation of the program’s community service component through AmeriCorps*VISTA, Young Scholars students have collectively logged thousands of service hours investing in their communities. Students in junior high are now required to complete 15 hours of community service a year, with those at the high school level expected to finish 30 hours. In addition, the tradition of doing community service in our students’ neighborhoods has been expanded. For example, several times a year, Young Scholars students volunteer at a local nursing home, assisting with special events as wait staff for residents and their families.

    Recently, students painted a mural in a playground frequented by Young Scholars students and their families. Students designed the mural themselves, and it was approved by the local Youth Bureau. Young Scholars students, with the help of staff, transferred their design to a blank wall and painted their inspirational message in vibrant colors.

    My year of service passed quickly and seems to have evaporated into the past – it’s still hard for me to believe it ended almost seven years ago. Several of the students I worked with have gone on to complete not only high school but college as well. As for me, the direction I was so longing for has come to me. My service with VISTA was a salient clue on my journey beyond college. Currently, I am serving the Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program as assistant director. Each day, I see reminders of the work I did with AmeriCorps*VISTA reflected in the work I do today.

  • Alumni story
    Quinn Dalton 1994 1995 Greensboro

    I’m a writer, and reading is one of my favorite activities. I was the kid whose nose was always in a book as my parents drove by fabulous scenery on family vacations, begging me to look. Reading has always been my escape, my reward when my work is done. So when I joined VISTA, I chose to work in literacy. I couldn’t imagine living without reading, not just for pleasure but also simply to function in society. Then I met intelligent, amazingly resourceful people like Tom.

    Tom was a long-distance truck driver, and he couldn’t read. His wife of twenty years didn’t know; she planned all his routes for him so he would have more time to relax when he was home. When she went on trips with him, she navigated.

    Then one time Tom got lost—I don’t remember in which city. He panicked—maybe it was the traffic or the tons of signs that he couldn’t understand—and he turned the wrong way down a one-way street. He stood on the brake when he realized his mistake.

    A policeman saw what he’d done and pulled up beside him. He didn’t write a ticket. He gave Tom directions and sent him on his way.

    After that, Tom called Reading Connections, a nonprofit adult literacy program in Greensboro, N.C. He’d heard about it though his church. There had been an announcement to recruit volunteer tutors. He was matched with a tutor (not from his church, because he didn’t want anyone to know) and started meeting as often as his travel schedule allowed. He did workbook exercises while on the road.

    Tom didn’t have a learning disability, as so many adults who have trouble with reading do. Nationally, an estimated one in five adults struggle with the most basic literacy tasks. Tom had just fallen behind one year in school and never caught up. He was a nice kid; the teachers kept passing him. As an adult, he’d always been a reliable worker, a quick study. It was the same story when he started learning to read.

    After about six months, a strange thing started happening: words began leaping out at him from street signs, billboards, and buildings. Before, the world had been composed of colors and shapes. Now it spoke to him everywhere he looked. It was almost frightening, this switch flipped in his brain, but he loved it. He couldn’t believe how much he’d missed; he said he felt he’d spend the rest of his life just catching up.

    There are so many inspiring stories like Tom’s that I came to know during my year as a VISTA: the woman who got tired of having other people writing her checks for her; the warehouse worker who kept getting fired for not filling out paperwork.

    It wasn’t hard to love being part of an organization that had such a huge and meaningful impact on people’s lives. And it was especially gratifying to work in Greensboro, a town I thought I’d live in for just the two years it would take me to complete a graduate degree. When I applied to VISTA, I said on my application that I’d go anywhere they wanted to place me, because I thought I needed to experience another part of the country. It turned out I found that other part of the country six blocks away from my student apartment. I met people I never would have met in my safe, simple academic world. And I don’t just mean people like Tom, but also people who cared enough to volunteer, and business leaders who understood that by investing in Reading Connections, they were investing not only in improving workers’ skills and their quality of life, but also in the health of our community.

    I served with VISTA from 1994-1995 as Reading Connections’ community awareness coordinator. Then I stayed on part time for another year, continuing to help with awareness and fundraising. The experience helped me to develop so many useful skills, which prepared me for later work in public relations as well as in writing (I am the author of a novel, High Strung, and a story collection, Bulletproof Girl, which was released in April 2005; both from imprints of Simon & Schuster). At Reading Connections, I learned how to write a press release and to pitch media for coverage of events and agency successes. I learned how to plan fundraising events, from invitations to table arrangements. I learned how to speak in front of many kinds of groups, tailoring our message to their interests. I learned how to write grants, and in one year helped to raise $55,000, nearly half of Reading Connections’ operating expenses at the time.

    But most importantly, I learned about the courage it took for adults who had lived with the secret handicap of illiteracy to seek help, the commitment it took for them to improve their skills when they were already stretched between work and family, and the joy of accomplishment when they began to reach their goals—learning how to manage their own bank accounts, to fill out job paperwork, to read stories to their children. Really, the kinds of things most of us do every day without thinking about it.

    When the students were honored at our annual awards dinner, which was held in the spring toward the end of my VISTA year, I can’t tell you how proud I was of them and of myself for just knowing them. Their stories had galvanized a part of our community, and 10 years later, Reading Connections continues to serve hundreds of students every year. In the end, I learned that what I loved best about reading—the story—is the most important thing to all of us.

  • Alumni story
    Cawren Sobotka 1988 1991 Mount Ayr

    Became coordinator of 12 county tourism group. Did lots of networking amount the 12 counties and: 

    1. Organized Ringgold County Tourism Committee:

    2. We planned county tours. 

    3. Christmas Tour of Homes 

    4. Sold Ringgold County t-shirts 

    5. Organized county wide garage sales 

    6. Helped plan annual Ayr Days Celebration 

    7. Made county brochures 

    8. Took an active part in Iowa\'s Sesquicentennial. 

    9. Served cake at county fair, made gifts for the queen candidates and their escorts and presented a couple of songs from Meridith Wilson\'s The Music Man. The production was presented 4 times with local actors and musicians to commemorate Iowa\'s Sesquicentennial. 

    10. Became Secretary for Ringgold County Development Corporation. Had an office in the Ringgold County Courthouse. Continued to be active in tourism and attended and planned many meetings concerning business prospects for the county. Visited local industries and reported on each one\'s progress. 

    11. Researched need for motel in Mount Ayr, Iowa, Ringgold County. The motel became a reality and is a success. 

    12. Also completed a housing survey for Ringgold County.


  • Alumni story
    Louise Giebel 1990 1992 Big Sandy

    I was living in Big Sandy when I started, but the people there did not want to work with me so I went up the road to the Rocky Boy reservation. I had hardly spent any time with Native Americans at that point. They welcomed me and were glad to have all the help they could get.

    I worked with them to set up a three day camp-out for youth. The focus was drug and alcohol abuse prevention, and the camp was patterned after the Teen Institute program, and had workshops on saying no, self esteem, healthy stress relief, etc. Everything went great until it started to rain. It rained so bad that ALL the tents and tipi's fell down! We had to move to the local school to finish. I coordinated similar camps on the Flathead and Blackfeet Reservations the following two years.

    As a result of the Blackfeet camp, I met my husband. We have a son who is a teenager, and I now live on the Blackfeet reservation. Some of my family members remember that camp- They say, "Oh yeah, I remember that! That was fun!"

    I am preparing to work in this community teaching the Blackfeet language, and I have learned so much and feel so at home living here, I do not want to live anywhere else. I would not be here doing what I'm doing if it were not for my VISTA experience. I also learned a lot about leadership, community development, volunteerism, etc. that I have used in all of my work since then.

  • Alumni story
    Christine Antonucci 1990 1994 Portsmouth

    VISTA was the most direct way to have an impact on my community. 

    I served with the Tidewater Literacy Council. I had several projects during my tenure. First, I did a screening and treatment program for adults with vision related learning difficulties. Next, I was asked to help in the area of volunteer management and recruitment. Throughout, my main objective was to help adults who needed to become literate. 
    I think that the need continues. With the economy suffering, we all need to do a little more in terms of selfless service. My VISTA experience was one of the most rewarding periods of my working life. 

  • Alumni story
    Lawrence Bailey 1996

    I served in both the Peace Corps in Paraiba, Brazil in 1970-1972 and as an Agricultural Extensionist with AmeriCorps VISTA in 1996 with the InterFaith Partnership for The Homeless. I met my wife while I served in Peace Corps, she was from the small town I was stationed in. Together, we have made numerous trips back to Brazil. I was assigned to A.N.C.A.R., a host country agriculture extension agency. I also worked with the Westinghouse, Rockefeller and Oxfarm Foundations; U.N.C.I.F.; Alliance for Progress and Campaign for Human Development. We introduced draught resistant corn, rice and bean crops; attempted to increase cash corps quantities (cotton); developed tubular wells for draught relief; introduced new corps such as peanuts, soy beans and sorghum; instructed farmers on methods of improvement for crop yield, including pest control. Also met regularly with farmer co-ops and farmer syndicates; served a 4-H (4-S) leader for three Clubs; served as a Resource Provider for eight months for a homeless shelter in Albany NY; researched and assisted in development and writing of grant proposals; coordinated publicity and advertising for the organization; and completed administrative and supervisory duties as required. Since that time, I have maintained a commitment to volunteerism and work in Nursing Homes providing Hospice care.  


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