Therese Hackenmueller knows the importance of listening. Her volunteer work serves as a quiet inspiration to others. She's logged more than 4,000 volunteer hours at Mount Olivet Careview Home.
Her tasks include working with Alzheimer's patients and listening to their families' concerns and frustrations. Therese has even held the hands of people who are dying-being there when no one else can. And listening.
Therese also gives of her time time at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church. She tends the gardens and organizes events for the singles board. Therese is also a blood platelet donor. She's given more than 17 gallons since 1987.
Therese says she developed her empathy skills while coping with a troubled childhood filled with neglect and abuse.
"There were people who showed me what it's like to have someone care for you. It's important for all of us to listen and be friends."
Therese has designated $1100 to be divided between St. Josephs Home for Children/Friends of the Children and Pathways.