Ruth Ann Cawley
I wish there was more that we could do to help people suffering from mental illness; they need more personal and consistent care.
1. What is your volunteer position?
I interview clients at the Housing Help Desk.
2. How did you first get involved with St. Vincent de Paul Society?
Ten years ago, I began working with Vinnies through their conferences. During my time there, I met Al Trimbach who introduced me to the Help Desk.
3. Tell me one of your favorite moments from volunteering with St. Vincent de Paul Society.
A good mom with a difficult childhood came to the Help Desk for assistance and we were able to help her move to Montana for a better life.
4. What do you wish other people knew about St. Vincent’s or the people we serve?
Once we get through the painful questions, we’re really nice people to talk to.
5. How has volunteering here changed you? Has your work at the Society influenced your opinions on the housing crisis and homelessness in Marin?
My time at Vinnies has made me more sensitive to others’ needs. I wish there was more that we could do to help people suffering from mental illness; they need more personal and consistent care.
6. What other interests do you have?
I enjoy biking and playing tennis.
7. Any advice to new volunteers?
Just try it! Cause I think it’s great.