Meeting Place volunteers of monthPublished 8:07pm Thursday, September 13, 2012
Pam Doty, executive director of The Meeting Place Senior Center, announced Rich and Judy Witherow as volunteer(s) of the month for July. Doty said the Witherows play a valuable role in the success of the Meals on Wheels program.
After 38 years in the Army and raising two daughters, the Witherows, from Johnstown, Pa. were looking on a weather map for a place with nice weather. After a few visits, they decided to make Campobello their home.
Members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Rich and Judy were asked to take over a Meals On Wheels route for a friend. That was six years ago, and Rich and Judy have been part of the Meeting Place family of volunteers ever since.
As an Army Ops Sgt. (Ret.), Rich Witherow knows how to get meals to folks, hot and on time. According to Judy, a retired practical nurse, she and Rich have been married for 90 years; 45 for him and 45 for her. Judy calls their Wednesday volunteer delivery route time their “time together” because both are so busy with the Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry’s Food Bank and Medical Assist.
Back in February, Judy said she felt a special tug on her heart, a calling for a tangible connection with gratitude. In answer, Rich and Judy made a spiritual retreat to Canada. Returning with a deeper connection to family and a more profound appreciation for life, Rich and Judy are back on the delivery route with smiles and warm helpful caring that lifts the spirits of everyone they meet.
– article submitted by Pam Doty