PA2017 students volunteer for SECU Family House meal program
On October 1, 2015 members of the Wake Forest PA Class of
2017 volunteered at the SECU Family House, a local organization that provides
affordable lodging to referred patients and caregivers traveling to
Winston-Salem to receive medical treatment.
The SECU Family house provides a much needed service, as evidenced by
the more than 2,000 families that stay each year.
Wake PA students volunteered as part of the SECU Family
House’s meal program, which provides dinner each evening for guests. Those returning after a long day of treatment
or caring for a loved one often forget to care for themselves, and having a hot
meal waiting for them when they arrive can provide comfort and respite. The
students brought supplies, prepared the meal, and served dinner for over 40
guests. It was a team effort and a very
“This event really brings back the idea of patient-centered
care” said volunteer Maggie Konopasek.
“Even though we were not providing medical care to the guests at the
SECU house, we were still healing them through food, moral support, and hugs.”
“We got to help by providing dinner, and it
was gratifying not just to serve the dinner but also to have the joy of making
it together as a team,” added Lydia Sparks. “Everyone was so grateful and
thanked us again and again for cooking for them, but we felt we should thank