Volunteer of the Year 2009
2009 Volunteer of the Year
La Mirada Vistas
La Mirada, California
Xiomara (Susie) Peña has volunteered at La Mirada Vistas for three years. She helps coordinate the project HANDS group every Tuesday evening and always brings coffee cake or bread for the group to enjoy before they begin. This group has become a family of volunteers.
Susie is very creative and has made countless candy jars, vases, glasses, plates, bags, etc. that she gives away or raffles to make more money for the purchase of yarn and sewing materials for the project HANDS group.
Susie runs the monthly potlucks and always has a surprise gift to give to all who attend. This past year, she also started birthday celebrations.
La Mirada Vista’s manager, Gloria Pedregon, writes, “I admire this lady because she has made a choice to make sure she is part of our community, is compassionate toward our residents, has a warm heart and shows it every time she’s here. Our residents love her and they all look forward to seeing her on Tuesdays and potluck Thursdays. We are blessed to have her as a volunteer and friend. I call her our angel. I think she falls right in with our theme this year, ‘Lighting People’s Lives’.”
RHF is pleased to recognize Xiomara (Susie) Pena as 2009 Volunteer of the Year.