“Our kids grew up in Fairhope and now they live within walking distance of each other in Brooklyn. We are a close family. They grew up Southern suburb kids and now they are city kids. I wish I could look into a crystal ball 20 years from now and see if they move back to the South or if New York becomes their home. Our daughter is so independent and I learned it is best to let go and let her take risks and do her own thing. She thrives in that environment.
When the kids moved away, my husband deployed to Afghanistan and I had an empty nest. I started tutoring at St. Mary’s home in Mobile because it is only a few minutes from where I work. I was feeling alone without family, but volunteering at St. Mary’s helped me realize I do have my family. The kids at St. Mary’s don’t have family, but they are so positive about life and it is a positive environment. I work in facilities planning at South Alabama and I want to help with the facilities at St. Mary’s. It was built in the early ’70’s and it is in need of support. The kids deserve to be raised in better facilities and I would like to help create a five-year plan to improve the infrastructure.”