Ask Julie Faxvog why she has volunteered at Interfaith Outreach for 39 years and she simply says, “Because every time I go home, I am happy.” This happiness comes from Julie’s almost magical way of connecting with people. Working at the front desk, she senses when a person needs extra help and doesn’t hesitate to give them her undivided attention.
Looking back, Julie remembers the early years in St. Bartholomew’s old rectory building where Interfaith Outreach began. People would drop in with a specific request for food, clothing, rent assistance or a ride. “Back then we would respond with a Band-Aid approach,” said Julie. “Today, guided by LaDonna’s wisdom and vision, we understand and address the root causes of poverty.” She is especially proud of our Great Expectations program. Her advice is, “Talk to children when you see them. Make them feel valued and loved.”
Julie believes that “small miracles happen every day at Interfaith Outreach.” One of her favorite memories involves a mother who came in because her son desperately wanted to play the trumpet. Later that day a trumpet was donated! It’s this sense of family and community that has fueled Julie’s desire to volunteer for almost four decades.
Julie, thank you for making Interfaith Outreach a community where everyone counts and all are valued equally. Your commitment is amazing.