Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Karen

Our first Volunteer Spotlight of 2019 is Karen Meyer

Karen has been volunteering with us for five years, and currently serves as a Life Skills facilitator. Life Skills classes are offered weekly for our residents on a rotating calendar which runs 26 weeks out of the year. The classes are divided into five core topics: Foundation & Planning, Health & Wellness, Personal Finance, Parenting & Child Development, and Career Development & Education. Karen has been an integral piece in helping us develop our Life Skills programming, connecting the program to community resources, and has brought so much knowledge, compassion and energy to our community.

Speaking of bringing knowledge to our community, Karen came up with the idea for our resident library. She set up our library with shelves, books for kids and adults, a rug, and bean bags for families to sit and read or borrow.

Let’s hear some more from Karen:

 How did you hear about Jeremiah Program?
“Through a taekwondo friend of mine who had just participated in Epic Battle and was raving about the good work of Jeremiah Program.”

How long have you been volunteering at Jeremiah Program?
“I am into my 5th year as a volunteer.  I started helping around the office with data entry, then began shadowing Life Skills, and soon was a Life Skills facilitator.”

What do you love most about volunteering at Jeremiah Program? 
“So many things…seeing the residents bond with one another and form a supportive community, watching the moms and kids interact, and witnessing moms wanting to learn and change and do the right thing for themselves and their families.”

Please share a favorite memory/funny story while volunteering. 
“One of my favorite memories is of the very first graduation at the Austin campus.  The mother and son pair were so excited and nervous and the entire JP community came out to celebrate their accomplishments.”

Please share a fun fact about you.
“I am a third-degree black belt in taekwondo, but my biggest accomplishment these days is keeping pace with my 23-year-old daughter on our runs together in Austin and Houston.”

Thank you, Karen, for bringing your vivacious spirit to make an impact for our residents!

Are you interested in volunteering with Jeremiah Program? Check out the opportunities and fill out an application. Thanks for considering lending a hand.