Since I retired from a full-time occupation of being a Medical Social Worker with Hospice, my work has been, and continues to be, a composite of various types – namely: 1) Caring for 19-20 automobiles at the Motherhouse (maintenance/State inspection/tire replacement/and general upkeep). 2) Working as a part-time Receptionist at Oblate Renewal Center on week-ends/evenings. 3) Volunteering with the homeless at Haven for Hope. Haven for Hope is a transitional facility providing a comprehensive system of care while addressing the root causes of homelessness – a place of hope and new beginnings. My small contribution of working with a team of retired professionals focuses on I.D. recovery, i.e., the acquisition of a TX I.D. /TX driver’s license/retrieval of birth certificates or school records, etc. for those individuals who need such. In addition, listening to individuals’ “stories” while providing hope and encouragement is a vital part of this work. As a receptionist and provider of information at Oblate Renewal Center, I interact with the many groups and individuals who attend conferences, retreats and meetings of various types. My work focuses on being a hospitable, supportive and reliable resource as I endeavor to meet the needs of the person(s) who are temporary guests. I consider myself fortunate to be able to continue helping in these areas despite age and limited energy levels.
Sister Vera Ruane