Puzzle pieces come together between volunteers and guest

MARQUETTE, Mich — Beacon House is wrapping up the celebration of National Volunteer Week on #GratitudeFriday by thanking all HHUP volunteers. Beacon House doesn’t work without you! You would be surprised what relationships can spark under this loving roof. More than 300 volunteers have given over 15,000 hours of service – from youth groups to...

MARQUETTE, Mich — Beacon House is wrapping up the celebration of National Volunteer Week on #GratitudeFriday by thanking all HHUP volunteers. Beacon House doesn’t work without you! You would be surprised what relationships can spark under this loving roof.

More than 300 volunteers have given over 15,000 hours of service – from youth groups to service clubs – since Beacon House’s inception in June 2002. In conjunction with the Board of Directors and staff, volunteers have their hands in near every aspect of Beacon House operations. But, volunteering doesn’t have to be redundant or laborious. Sometimes our guests just need someone with whom to talk.

Taylor Kaminen and Samantha Junget of NMU started volunteering a month ago at Beacon House and quickly gravitated to night shifts to enjoy the company of Beacon House’s most cheerful guest. Mary of Calumet has been receiving treatment at UPHS and loves puzzles. The women, generations apart, sat for hours in the TV lounge to share conversations about school, their future careers, and the metaphors of how building a jigsaw puzzle together can aid in life. The girls enjoyed listening to Mary. Mary enjoyed conversations that helped her through her treatment at UPHS.

“Seeing the smile on Mary’s face when she showed up to do puzzles was priceless,” said Taylor Kaminen. “I’m so happy that I was able to bring her happiness and company. She is honestly one of the nicest ladies I have ever met. I have very much enjoyed her company and am grateful that I had the privilege of meeting her.”

Friday is Mary’s last day at Beacon House. She is healthy, has successfully completed her treatment and is on her way back to Calumet. We will miss her. She brought joy to our staff and volunteers.

It is only with the support of our volunteers that Beacon House may continue to efficiently run house operations and to fulfill its mission. From registering guests and serving on a committee, to visiting with guests and planting flowers on the grounds, volunteer duties at Beacon house cover a broad spectrum. There are a number of opportunities to become involved. Learn more at upbh.org/volunteers.

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