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5 questions with Trish Ross, our volunteer spotlight

What brought you to RiverBend?

In 2010 I did my first art project for RiverBend. I painted a market umbrella for the Jazz Around the Bend auction. I remember being so nervous when the auction started. I didn’t think anyone would bid on it!

But they did. A lot. And now?

Now, I’ve done several art projects and I’m happy to say they do raise money for this amazing non-profit. I also do the seasonal decorating at the Wellness House. I help make the space cheerful. The Wellness House plays an important role in people’s recovery, it’s important to me that it’s homey and comfortable for everyone who visits.

Who is Trish Ross?

I was born in Cambridge Massachusetts. My dad was a career campaign director with the United Way, which meant moving a lot. I went to five schools before we came to South Bend. I met my husband Bob on my second day at Penn High School; last year we celebrated our 40th anniversary. We have a son and daughter. Through Junior League of South Bend, I’ve served on the board of directors for The History Museum, The Center for Hospice and The Medical Foundation's Blood Bank Advisory Board. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed volunteering for LOGAN, St. Vincent de Paul, Susan G. Komen Kid's Fest, Reins of Life, United Health Services and of course RiverBend. I feel it's important to give back to the community by sharing our gifts and talents. For the past 17 years, I’ve worked part time for Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka, an organization which keeps me focused on servant leadership and giving back to the community. I also help at a wonderful store called The Crockery.

What do you love about RiverBend?

I think RiverBend is one of our community's best kept secrets. I love the fact that there are a number of people I know who have benefitted from all that RiverBend has to offer and have gone on to spread the good word.

But the very best part?

That there are so many programs available, not just for survivors, but for their families and caregivers too. There’s a support group for all of them. For those having a hard time managing insurance issues, getting the necessary drugs covered—even the pampering survivors need to feel whole again...all these and more are only a phone call away. The staff will work hard to get you what you need.

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