Meet Suzette Facilitator for Our Clients’ Furry Family Members:
Suzette Beck has been a loyal volunteer assisting Meals on Wheels for about three years with the Love on a Leash Program. She has a passion to help with pet rescue and adoption and also volunteers at the Animal Humane Society, cashiering and processing donations.
At Meals on Wheels, Suzette makes sure all the donated pet food gets into bins and is distributed to the appropriate pets of our LIFE (Low Income Food and Enrichment), clients. During Christmas she helped package the gifts for pets as well.
She has one dog an English Pointer mix, named Brandy who was adopted from Animal Humane Society six years ago. Suzette has lived in Albuquerque from childhood, is a graduate of Sandia H.S. and the College of Santa Fe where she received her BS in Accounting and MA in Management Information Systems. She worked at the Sandia National Labs for 25 years.
She, her husband and her pet dog Brandy now live in Tijeras. Suzette is an expert and avid quilter and is a quilting instructor. She also enjoys traveling and will be going on a quilting cruise in the near future with her sister. Suzette is also a fan of golf and assists in planning tournaments. Meals on Wheels is grateful for Suzette’s love of service, organization and animals, and is delighted with her volunteer efforts!
Meet Linda From the Motor City to the Duke City:
Linda Willis hails from Detroit, MI and moved to Albuquerque a few years ago. She has been volunteering at Meals on Wheels for about five months, helping us in the kitchen office and serving as a coordinator in the Presbyterian and Kaseman sites. She is a seasoned volunteer with over 25 years of service in Detroit working with vulnerable populations.
Linda’s father delivered food for Meals on Wheels in Detroit and in his later years, she drove for him so he could continue his volunteer work. Because of her time with her father, Linda was compelled to contact us and discover what volunteer positions needed to be filled.
Why did Linda move from Detroit, the Motor City, to Albuquerque, the Duke City? She visited a friend who lives here, and then read an article published by CNN entitled, “Top 25 Cities to Retire To.” Albuquerque was at the top of the list, so she decided to come and live here. She agrees with the article that there are many benefits to moving here if you are retired! She particularly enjoys bowling on Mondays with the “Lunch Bunch” at Santa Ana Casino and enjoys riding the Railrunner up to Santa Fe.
Linda is still working part time as a licensed Social Worker at Lovelace Woman’s Hospital and will be heading up a volunteer initiative to connect our most vulnerable clients with necessary services that could improve their overall health outcomes. We are fortunate to have Linda as part of our cadre of volunteers!