“Best day ever!” – Community Resource Exchange

By United Way of King County, on April 7, 2016 | In Fighting Homelessness

For Bob, the list of things to be thankful for when we met him at yesterday’s Community Resource Exchange was long:

  • Getting cheered on as he came through the doors – “I love these people.”
  • Brand new shoes from Brooks Running – “What’s not to love?!”
  • A professional portrait to hang up in their temporary apartment – “Look how happy we are!”
  • New treatment so he can move from wheelchair-bound to bouncy – “Trust me. Next time you see me, I’ll be walking!”
  • Turning 60 the next day – “Can you believe I’m going to be 60?!”

Bob and Faye getting their portrait

Bob is a retired drill sergeant who worked years as a granite and marble worker. About three years ago, a routine doctor’s visit revealed some bad news and in about two months’ time, he became wheelchair-bound. It may have slowed him down physically, but it certainly hasn’t dampened his spirits.

With the loss of his job, he’s struggled with homelessness off and on. He’s currently running a day program for men facing the same struggles. And, who better than Bob to cheer them on?

He’s about to start some new treatments – and his goal is to be up and walking by next year’s Community Resource Exchange.

Thanks to the 500 volunteers that came out yesterday to #JoinTheExchange and make all the Bob’s in our community feel special for the day – even if it wasn’t their birthday!


francisca gonzalez
December 22, 2016

I've participated on this event three times before. This yr. I did not get an invite to volunteer at all...I was very disappointed.

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