Loraine Smith - Volunteer since 2012
Loraine Smith, a retired COSA public health nurse, is a valued member of the Seton Home Campus! Working in the donation resource center alongside staff Resource Coordinator, Angel Lopez, Loraine works to keep our closet organized and our families clothed.
A volunteer since 2012, Loraine is on Campus twice a week to accomplish her self-directed goals. Loraine comments on her volunteer work, "I am familiar with hectic work environments from my career in nursing, I enjoy lightening the load for others whenever possible." Loraine is a true friend to our mission and keeps a smile on her face even when tasked with seemingly insurmountable challenges. Seton Home is extremely grateful to have Loraine as a part of our family!
Barbara Convertino - Childcare Volunteer since July 2010
Barbara Convertino has been volunteering at Seton Home since July 2010, and throughout the 4 years has witnessed how influencial her work has been with our residents. Barbara made the decision to volunteer at Seton Home because she believes in those women who make the choice to keep their baby in spite of the obstacles andlack of support from their families.
"It is easy to say that we, as a society, want young women to 'do the right thing' and continue an unexpected pregnancy," she said. "The challenge is that after the baby comes, what do we do in a concrete way to help these moms keep afloat and parent their children? They deserve the best tools we can give them to be a good mom while moving forward to a healthy and successful future."
In the few hours each week she spends donating her time at Seton Home, Barbara is especially humbled by the sacrifices that our residents make.
"I hear sad stories of moms who just can't quite make all of the choices they need to put themselves and their children in a healthy place...and it makes we realize how hard their roads really are," she said.
But while that road may be a tough one, Barbara is grateful for places like Seton Home and the opportunity she has to lend a helping hand.
"I am one of many who will continue to search for ways to encourage young moms not to give up and go back to a life that might seem easier but might not be the best for their child. We won't give up as long as there is one young woman who needs our advocacy."
And at the end of the day, there is no greater joy for her than the precious moments she gets to spend with the babies taking in their sounds and smells. "It reminds me of the power of hope and the sweetness of life."
Seton Home Happenings...
25th Annual Great Expectations Gala
6th Annual Dr. Leslie Parks Tribute to Motherhood Luncheon