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Memories that Last
November 8, 2018 @ 11:59 AM by: Richard Steinecke

It is funny what sticks in your mind. On Tuesday I spent over ten hours madly going through a ton of tasks (buying supplies, cooking food, carrying cases of food, writing letters and cards, meeting with other agencies). But that is not what I am going to remember. Instead I will recall my conversations with community members. One, perhaps as a way to help cope with a personal tragedy, wanted to share the successes and downfalls in his life. An injury at work ended his career and his financial security. A second community member shared how he was turning his life around from addiction issues and seemed to truly enjoy his time volunteering at Oasis. A long-time volunteer recovering from a cold came in for an hour just to connect with the Oasis family. Another community member related how his use of payday loans is catching up with him and is wondering how he is going to get through the holidays. It is these conversations that I will remember a week or a month from now; not how efficiently I restocked the storeroom.

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