TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 | TARA MACY
This guest was raised in a small, rural northern California community. When she was old enough to think of her future, Tara “simply wanted to help people.” Her family, mother, father and brother, were steadfast introverts who also tended toward the shy spectrum of verbal expression. This trait remains deeply rooted in our guest. Her brother, set a level of academic excellence leaving Tara feeling as if she was always struggling to be “as good as” or “good enough”. A significant does of teasing, combined with wanting acceptance, may have contributed to her anxiety.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 | BROOKE HOFFE
This guest has lived through may hardships before she was able to discover her life’s purpose. You see, our guest Brooke was once pregnant, sleeping on the sidewalks of Riverside, California, homeless with addictions and jail time. These were destitute times and she asked herself how much deeper she could fall.
She felt a conviction that visiting museums and government building just to find shelter was no way to live. With no home and a string of failed relationships, her only option was to reach out to her mother in Northern California, whose relationship had slipped away for 16 years. That decision turned the tide of her life.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | VICKI ONO
Vicki is known by her sister as a “disaster magnet”. She not only grew up with her manic, depressive schizophrenic mother, but survived the eye of Hurricane Hugo. In addition, she heeded evacuation declarations in two major historical fires.
In the 5th grade, at the age of 12, she began treatments for anxiety, stress and bio-feedback therapy. And as if that wasn’t enough, breast cancer at age 41. Through the influence of her father’s resilience, deep spiritual connection and gracious volunteering, Vicki gained advanced lessons on life…
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 | EMILY CUNNISON
Emily, known to fellow volunteers as “THE ENERGIZER BUNNY” and tenacious, was born in Pleasant Hill, California, where she learned her trade of work, work, work from both of her parents.
Their existence was lower middle-class, living in a small two-bedroom apartment with her sister. Both parents struggled to do the best for their daughters.
An early childhood experience of Emily and her mother bringing sandwiches to a homeless man living behind a dumpster, and remembering having an innate sense that this could be considered “living” in America…
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 | DENNIS GRADY
Dennis was born and raised in a southern California household with his mother, father and eight brothers. With so many mouths to feed and money tight, meals were filled with simplicity - beans, tacos and corned beef hash. And while meals were not in abundance, something else was quite plentiful — love. How much better could it be, love, music all in the confines of their 980 square foot home…