This month our speaker was Kellie Markey, founder of Dorothy’s House in Des Moines. Kellie, a former vice president at Ebay, moved to Des Moines and bought two houses with the sole intention to house and support rescued young women who had been sold and sexually trafficked. It is hard to wrap your head around the abuses those young women endured. We don’t think of that type of crime happening in Iowa, but it does, often during events which bring lots of people to Iowa like the State Fair and concerts. Our group was so moved by Kellie and her mission that we offered personal contributions as well as one from our organization.
Since my retirement, I am amazed at the many causes that have been created to help families and children. Next month Urban Family Movement will talk about how they are working with Moulton area families and Embarc will give a quick talk on building language skills for Burmese adults. There are so many needs, and as retirees we are looked upon to help out in any way possible. I am collecting our volunteer hours and will be reporting just how much time our members donate. If you think you are too old and nobody needs you- think again. The needs are huge.