A long time Lincoln City resident, Mack Bryson moved to the area with his wife of 54 years over 15 years ago so the two could retire by the sea. Originally from Thermopolis, Wyoming, Mack spent several years as a rancher and oil field worker until a large lay off forced him to look elsewhere for work. Mack found his calling as a recruiter for technical schools and spent the next 32 years recruiting high school students into the automotive and medical field. As of recent Mack enjoys tinkering around in his shop and keeping up with his projects but admits he is enjoying doing a lot less since retiring.
How has Mack helped Family Promise?
Mack has been volunteering with Family Promise for one year. In that year Mack has moved our trailers, which house the beds and bedding for our family's, from one church to the other every single week. He recently started doing van driving for us. On top of it all, he has started helping with maintenance needs around the Day Center. Moving the trailer and van driving are core components of our program without these we would not be able to ensure our families transportation back and forth to the churches or provide clean comfortable beds to sleep in every night. Thank you Mack! You play a critical role in the operations of our program. We are grateful for your dedication to Family Promise.
Volunteer of The Quarter - Fall 2015
How has Darlene helped Family Promise?
Darlene Steffens has been volunteering with Family Promise for one year now and in her time with us she has helped with office work, data entry, forms and flyer creation, and has helped improve processes.
Who is Darlene?
She has lived in Lincoln City for over ten years with her husband of 51 years and together they have 2 grown children. When Darlene is not busy volunteering her and her husband travel the country feeding their love of genealogy by doing what she calls “chasing dead people.” They have so far been to every state in the west all the way to Illinois searching tombstones for lost family members in cemeteries.
We are happy to have Darlene be a part of our volunteer team at Family Promise and are thankful for all of the great work she has done for us.
Photo courtesy of Everett Cutter
Kem Morrow, originally from Oregon City is retired from 31 years with the Army Corps of Engineers where she worked as a Data Base Administrator. She speaks of fond memories with her co-workers and how advanced the Corp was in computer data entry, “The Corp was in the forefront of the computer era; processing data as early as the 1960s.”
Kem enjoys her volunteer work in the Family Promise of Lincoln County Thrift Store because it matches her skill set from various other volunteer jobs that she has performed since moving to the Oregon coast in 2002. She has been a volunteer customer service representative at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, with the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau, Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce and Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce. She has volunteered her services at several Lincoln City events to include all three kite festivals (Fall Kite Festival, Indoor Kite Festival and Summer Kite Festival), many of the Culinary Center cook offs (Chowder Cook Off, Mushroom Cook Off, Jambalaya Cook Off, Chili Cook Off, Fish Taco Cook Off and Berry Cook Off), the Iris Pride Festival, Antique Week, The Great Oregon Coast Garage Sale, the Lincoln City Chamber Super Auction and the list goes on.
Kem chose to volunteer with Family Promise because “It is something a little different than what I have done in the past” she continued by saying “ I was also very interested in the work they are doing and wanted to see how the program worked. It’s a cause I can believe in, besides my good friend Linda Roy conned me into volunteering” (with a little chuckle). Kem worked with Linda when both were with the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce.
Family Promise of Lincoln County works because of people like Kem Morrow who step up when needed. Kem was one of the first to volunteer at the Thrift Store and has helped shape it into the fun and productive place it is today. Family Promise would like to send a big “Thank You” to Kem for her continued support of not only this cause but for all she does in our community.
Thank you, Kem!!!
Deirdre Reynolds took an aptitude test in Junior High School that showed she would probably excel in Art, Clerical work and Social Services. Even at an early age, she knew working with people would be her preference and she headed in that direction. Before moving to the Oregon Coast, Deirdre worked in Social Services in Clackamas County, was a Community Resource Specialist working in a high school in a Teen Parenting Program in Idaho (one of her most rewarding positions), and served as a Volunteer and Activities Coordinator at a retirement community. Deirdre Reynolds likes working with people.
Following her heart and desire to commit more time with the newly developing non-profit organization, Family Promise of Lincoln County, Deirdre decided to retire as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Driftwood Library after nearly 20 years where she will be greatly missed. Family Promise will house homeless families overnight in hosting churches and transport them to a day center each morning. Each church has a Coordinator to line up volunteers to cook meals and stay overnight with the families. Along with Linda Roy, Director and Hanna Connett, President of Family Promise, Deirdre will help train and support each hosting congregation before they open their doors to welcome the families in the program. In April, a trainer from the National Family Promise Organization came to Lincoln City to make sure the local group was ready to open its doors and to train the first hosting congregation members as well as the Board.
Now as Family Promises of Lincoln County is about to open its doors to the first families in their program, Deirdre Reynolds will be there to help the church coordinators prepare for hosting families. “We will learn so much in that first week and we will have so many questions to answer,” stated Deirdre. “This is an opportunity for me that I have wanted to do forever; to make some real change in the community.”
Thank you, Deirdre!!!
Pat has been with Family Promise of Lincoln County from the beginning as part of the Steering Committee and then to serve for a short time as Secretary of the Board. She continues to serve on the Congregation Committee bringing St. Augustine Catholic Church into the program as a Congregation Host Partner. She now also serves as the St. Augustine Congregation Coordinator.
In addition, Pat serves on the Grant Writing team, which she paid her own way to attend an expensive Grant Writing class in Portland. She has overseen a number of very important and successful grants.
Family Promise of Lincoln County is proud to have Pat as a volunteer and thankful for all she does for us.
Thank you, Pat!!!