A pair of Renown employees lead a group of local volunteers in giving their time and resources to those in need.
Years back Rachel Dulco heard a quote: “Service is your rent for living.”
And based on that quote she has made it a point to help others.
Six years ago Rachel and a former coworker started a volunteer group with members of the Renown and Reno/Sparks community that buys food and prepares hot meals to feed the homeless.
“I love that quote, and I think it’s something everyone should live by,” Rachel, a technician in Surgical Services at Renown Regional, notes. “It’s all I’ve ever known, and it’s all I’ve ever done since I was a kid.”
Fast forward to the present, and through word of mouth the group, Finding Hope, has grown to nearly 100 volunteers from all over the community. At any given time, roughly 20 to 25 people donate their time and resources each month, including Kathi Morser, a registered nurse at Renown Regional who joined Rachel’s in the beginning.
“We do about 350 servings at a time,” enthuses Kathi. “That is a pretty big endeavor for just a little group of folks who are just doing it on their own.”
The group has streamlined over the years and today has the resources to serve simultaneously at the women’s, men’s and family shelters in downtown Reno. And Finding Hope has expanded to help the community in other ways. Every December for the last four years, for example, the group has organized a winter weather outreach collecting coats, scarves and blankets and distributing them to those in need.
“We do this to help those who need a hand up, not a handout,” says Kathi.
Finding Hope is a large time commitment, Kathi says, especially after a long day at work. But for both women the effort is worth it.
“People are always so appreciative, which makes it all so worthwhile,” she says.
Rachel encourages people to join the group, and they are open to whatever help people are willing and able to give.
“Some people can donate time but don’t have the funds, and some people have the funds but don’t have the time,” she says. “We’ll work with whatever comes our way.”
If you are interested in joining Finding Hope, visit the group’s blog page to find additional details and contact information.