Success Stories From Lions
"Her story, I guess it was just the right timing -- it was like oooh, I get it now! I'm sitting there trying not to cry."
Last year Alice-Faye Peugh was getting a little bit burned out.
It happens to many lifelong volunteers. They put in hours and hours supporting worthy causes and community organizations, and at some point they wonder whether it's all worth the effort.
"You get discouraged no matter what you do -- you're just like oh man, why am I doing this?" Alice-Faye observes. "I don't know what caused me to be so discouraged."
Then Ramona Jensen showed up at a meeting of Alice-Faye's Lions Club in Apple Valley. A year before, the Apple Valley Lions Club had referred Ramona to LSH. A relatively young woman with a severe hearing impairment, Ramona had lost her job because she could no longer communicate properly. LSH funded hearing aids for her. The ability to hear profoundly changed her life. Now, full of gratitude, Ramona was talking to the Lions Club members and telling them her story.
"Her story, I guess it was just the right timing -- it was like oooh, I get it now! I'm sitting there trying not to cry," Alice-Faye remembers. "I don't even know if she realizes the impact she had."
A couple of Ramona's anecdotes really brought home the difference the club made on her life. "She couldn't go into a fast food restaurant and order alone. She couldn't hear the person behind counter -- and I thought, I've never thought about that.
"She told us about a time she was getting out of a car and getting ready to go into a store, and she didn't hear a truck coming up and she almost got hit.
"It just happened to be the right time, the impact on her -- she was just radiant, she was so happy, her life is back on track, now she can go into a fast food restaurant and can order totally alone, she doesn't need anybody else."
Alice-Faye now has a new sense of purpose in her work with the Lions Club. She was so happy to be a part of changing someone's life. This tiny club -- referring a person in need to the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation -- was able to make a huge impact.
And she has a message for her fellow-volunteers. "We have to remember that there are people we make impacts on -- that's priceless."
She hopes to inspire others to keep up the fight. "There's a Ramona Jensen in your area," she says.