We so enjoyed getting to know you all through our #VolunteerAppreciationWeek posts earlier this year, we’ve decided to make volunteer spotlights a monthly feature! In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, our first feature is John Goodman, father to five and grandfather to 12.
John first volunteered with HK in the Operation Holiday (OH) warehouse in 2018 and shortly after he began preparing and serving meals at our Emergency Winter Shelters (EWS), but his first encounter helping the homeless go back much farther. “In LA, my dad had a building at 3rd and Main and when I was a boy, my dad had me check on the homeless individuals staying in his lobby to make sure they were okay and I walked them to Rescue Mission across the alley.” While OH is his favorite HK program, John says volunteering at the EWS is a close second because “you get so up close and personal with these people, even after they’ve had dinner.”
John recently celebrated 50 years married to his wife Shirley. “I have a large family, it’s the real treasure of life. The main responsibility is taking care of family—by volunteering, you get a chance to do the same thing but for others, doing Christ’s work, helping other people, serving the community. This opportunity with HumanKind has really opened my eyes and hopefully has made me a better person, more caring and feeling… I’m so grateful.”
And, we are so grateful to John for all of his hard work managing the OH warehouse, serving on our OH event committee, and volunteering in our shelters! We couldn’t do this important work without volunteers like him.