By Jennifer Meshanko or The Island Connection
Susan Verville worked over 33 years in office settings. She is now sharing her years of experience and skills as a front desk volunteer at Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach’s Wellness Center. She was born and lived most of her life in Rhode Island. For 25 years, Verville worked for various car rental companies. Her last position was Operations Manager for National and Alamo at Providence airport. She then worked at Bradley Hospital’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities as the Unit Secretary. Her office was located in one of their four group homes. Over the eight and half years she worked for Bradley Hospital, she got to know the eight children living in the home and would often be there to greet the children when they came home from school.
Verville retired in July 2016 and moved to Charleston the following month. Her daughter also lives in Charleston, and she has a son who lives in Massachusetts. She is a grandmother to two grandsons. She works part-time at a retail store but enjoys kayaking, reading and going to the beach in her spare time.
For 30 years, Verville was a SPRED volunteer and taught religious education to people with developmental disabilities.
Being new to the Charleston area, she was looking for a volunteer opportunity when she saw Our Lady Mercy Community Outreach mentioned in St. Joseph Catholic Church’s bulletin. She feels comfortable in an office setting and thought volunteering at the Wellness Center’s front desk would be a good fit.
“Everybody is really nice and appreciative, and I am giving back to the community” she says. “I do mundane tasks so staff can focus on what they need to do.”
Verville believes “the support, love and fellowship of family and friends can make a positive change in people’s lives. The opportunity to be able to do meaningful work to support myself and my family, adds dignity and feeling of self-worth” she says. She believes it’s definitely worthwhile to get involved. “We can all do our one small thing to help the community.”