Our House News

Feb 01, 2018
Volunteer of the Month - Jo Hamilton

Lunch cook
Volunteer since April of 2004

What drew you to volunteer at Our House?
I had been through a hard time in 2003, dealing with illness back in the UK, so I made a pact with myself that if everything worked out and I made it back to Portland, I would do something to give back to others.  My goal was to try to repay the good things that had happened to me.  I had seen a mention one time of Our House on OPB and made a note of it, so as soon as I was back and settled with a job and a place to live, I called and made an appointment with Kathryn, which was almost 14 years ago now.

What is your favorite aspect of volunteering?
I really love cooking for people and making the residents happy and healthy with food.

What do you do other than your volunteer gig?
I’m a full-time artist, working with crocheted yarn, and I’ve made a couple of portraits of Our House residents and one volunteer so far.  I plan to keep working on this as a continuing series, along with my other art.  I also love gardening and have been working over the last couple of years on landscaping my (formerly empty) yard from scratch.

What is something about you that would surprise others?
I am ambidextrous:  I write, draw and paint left-handed, and crochet right-handed.



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