“Best day ever!” – Community Resource Exchange

By United Way of King County Posted 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!


Comments

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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