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. 

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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 rewarding experience.

“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 them!”

 


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