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Volunteer Spotlight: Building Community
One Cookie at a Time

Drexel House

Every Tuesday at Drexel House – a one-of-a-kind emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing program in Thurston County – residents look forward to homemade cookies and time spent with one of their community volunteers, Terri Herinckx.

Terri, a long-time Drexel House volunteer who is affectionately known as the “Cookie Lady,” equally looks forward to her time spent with the residents. “I promise you, my cookies are not that good, but they always tell me otherwise. I have a strong concern for people who don’t have a place to call home and I think it’s good for folks to know that there are others who care enough to take some time to make a nice gesture on a regular basis.” Over time Terri has become a part of the Drexel House community. She shares life with the residents as they sit and eat cookies, listening to stories and talking about everything from tough memories to best recipes. 

We’d like to thank Terri and the other 20,000 CCS/CHS volunteers who show everyday how one person can impact their community. Our volunteers spread joy to those we are privileged to serve each day, and in turn, find themselves blessed. Thank you for building communities of hope with us!

Learn more about Drexel House or other ways you can get involved in your local community by contacting us.

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