Guardian angels come in all shapes and sizes and you never know when one's gonna to pop into your life and be there to give you a hand.”
Christine “Chris” of Maumee, served others as a nurse for over 25 years at St. Luke's Hospital. Always caring for others - Chris never perceived herself as someone in need of services.
Throughout college, Chris' daughter volunteered with The Ability Center, assisting people with disabilities to create their own unique works of art. “Folks wanted to learn how to paint, she’d guide and teach them to make beautiful art and paintings. The work helped her in her degree and that is how I found out about The Ability Center,” she shares.
“I was busy doing all the mom things and I just put it in the back of my mind.”
Years passed, and after the loss of two of her three daughters, Chris found herself as a single mother searching for a home that she could grow old in. After looking high and low for the perfect home, Chris landed in Maumee close to her church and favorite stores. Collections of hand painted art and birdhouses fill the home she shares with her beloved dog, Anthony. As her arthritis began to worsen, she quickly realized steps in front and back of the home were high and made it unsafe to step in and out.
“I remember, it clicked. I thought about The Ability Center and I called, spoke to the staff, went to the library to fill out the application and that was it. Then, out of the clear blue sky I got a call that I could get a ramp. I could hardly sleep that night. I was going to get my own miracle.”
Having a ramp was useful not only for Chris, but also for her friends. “They weren't able to come to visit me because of the awkwardness of how high my steps were to get into. I love cooking, so I can invite them over for a meal and have a good time with them.” With a special fondness for Jiggs dinners, Chris cherishes dinners with close friends.
Fran, Chris’s lunch guest, observes Chris as she precisely plates the table and gently folds napkins in each place. “This is bountiful,” Fran explains. “No one makes a spread like Chris.”
Our carpenters' work impressed Chris so much that she sent them cookies as a note of gratitude. Chris says, “You know, love grows in small houses. This gives me the opportunity to make memories with my friends again. Without it, I would be stuck in my home.”