The Gathering Together is pleased to announce their Volunteer of the Month Program. Honored volunteers will be featured on the website Volunteers Tab with their picture and their ‘story’. Each December, the Gathering Together Board of Directors will select the Volunteer of the Year from among the year’s monthly honorees.
Please consider nominating your favorite volunteer for this honor. The form and submission details can be found on our website at http://thegatheringtogether.org/volunteer-of-the-month/.
Read below to meet our Volunteer of the Month for March.
TGT’s Volunteer of the Month for March: Jeanine Maloney
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A TGT VOLUNTEER?
For about four years.
WHAT FIRST ATTRACTED YOU TO THE GATHERING TOGETHER?
My husband, Tom, passed away here. I wanted to give back to the wonderful place Tom had been. It was all good.
WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?
I just want to keep on volunteering in any way I can.
DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE OR MOST MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE AT THE GATHERING TOGETHER.
I was volunteering and was in a room where there was a man in the bed. If I know the guest is a Christian, I will pray with them; I was telling him the story of the many mansions as he had not heard it before. Somehow he slipped out of bed and walked to the window. He reached as high as he could and pointed his finger up. I did not know what to make of this. At four different times, I asked four different pastors (two Catholic and two Protestant)… all four of them told me he was reaching up toward the hand of God. When I returned to The Gathering Together the next day, two family members came rushing toward me as if to hug me, saying, “He heard you!” Their father had passed away moments after I left the room. This story stands out to me as I reflect back on my experiences and brings a tear to my eye.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT COMING TO THE GATHERING TOGETHER?
Seeing all the people: those who work there, the guests, and especially our Rita.
WHAT BACKGROUND OR LIFE EXPERIENCE HAS BEST PREPARED YOU FOR YOUR VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES AT THE GATHERING TOGETHER?
Years before this, my church sent a group of us to St. Louis to learn to talk with families who were having difficulties in their life. When I was thinking about what I could do as a volunteer at The Gathering Together, I remembered that experience and knew that God had prepared me to work here as a companion.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO ANYONE THINKING OF VOLUNTEERING AT THE GATHERING TOGETHER?
Being at The Gathering Together is like being with family.