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October 2021
Don Harper

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This month we’d like to shine the light on Don Harper is one of our longtime Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) drivers. Don has been a member for about 7 ½ years, and has been driving for 5 ½ years. During that time he has become one of our go-to drivers driving multiple times a week, and sometimes several trips in one day. He first heard about the center from his mother-in-law, who is a Wii Bowler. She got him a membership and he came and joined the Wii Bowling league. He then remembered then Outreach Director, Holly Andrade, talking about TAP and how they needed drivers. He gave it a test drive, enjoyed it and has been doing it ever since. He loves driving, and loves the people. He thinks of this as his job, but a job he enjoys. The clients love him too and has clients who ask for him. Originally from Fort Worth, TX, his mom brought him out here when he was two. He inched his way over from Blythe, to Beaumont, to Highland. We are thankful that his travels brought him closer to us. Thanks Don for driving that extra mile for us!


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In honor of the death of the patron saint of Ireland we celebrated with a party. To get things started partygoers first filled up on traditional corn beef, cabbage, and potatoes and the traditional green jelly.

Following the food came the fun. Just like in pubs around the world songs filled the air courtesy of our very own Al & Claudia Wrona. We had our very own version of Name that Tune. For those that couldnt we also had a sing-a-long with many Irish favorites including Wild Irish Rose. We also told Irish jokes as well as a bit of trivia. What city dyes it\'s river green every St. Patrick\'s Day? Chicago!

While we didn\'t hand out pots of gold we did hand out lots of great raffle prizes for a lucky few. Thanks to Costco for donating the cake, and to Humana for sponsoring the event. Until next year:

May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face.

And rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.