Volunteer Corner: Ruth Smeal


Family Promise | Volunteer CornerThis is the next article in a series of stories about volunteers at the heart of our mission …

How long have you volunteered with Family Promise?

“I attended, along with several members of my Church, the first gathering that met with Karen Olson in March of 1995. I was on the organizational committee; gave presentations to potential host churches; wrote grant requests; helped to select the first executive director; and was on the Family Promise board as a secretary until 2004.

“I have been a co-coordinator of host weeks at Christ the Savior Lutheran Church since we first opened our doors to homeless families in 1997. Betti Krapfl, Gayle Craun and I also organize the Summer Solstice Tea every year as a fundraiser for Family Promise. Volunteering with Family Promise has been a pure pleasure and joy!”

What do you most enjoy about volunteering?

“I enjoy the fact that churches and congregations within the Denver-metro area can provide a warm, safe, loving, temporary home to families whose needs are so great. What a wonderful way to use church buildings.

“The families, themselves, are such an inspiration. How they keep going with daily activities and responsibilities as well as working on self-sufficiency is awe-inspiring. The Family Promise program gives these families support to help make this traumatic time easier and helps to restore their dignity as they gain independence.”

What’s a fun fact about yourself? (i.e., work, hobbies, favorite movie, etc.)

“My husband and I love to travel.  We have been to almost every state in the United States, as well as several parts of Europe.

“We are also very active in the community in which we live and our church. I also play Mahjong every week, which I enjoy very much.”

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