Kathy should have gotten a job at a newspaper. She is in her fifties (though she looks much younger), and she loves getting to know people. She is legally blind and walks with a white cane, but that doesn’t slow her down a bit.
Kathy was adopted as a baby at the age of six months. Her family also adopted another girl, which resulted in Katherine having two sisters named Barb. Because they have the same name, she often uses their last names when she talks about them so people know which sister she is talking about. She has an older brother who is deceased, as are her parents. She has several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and –nephews, too, of whom she is very fond. Her smile reaches all the way to her ears when she shares stories about them.
Kathy works in the laundry department at ORC Monday through Friday, where she folds napkins and protectors for cooks. She was even named Employee of the Year and was very proud to receive a plaque as an award! She enjoys her work and she usually carpools in a van with two of her three roommates.
Outside of work, Kathy has a lot of hobbies. She plays numerous card games, “War” being one of her favorites. She also goes bowling often through Project COMPASS. She even has her own ball, shoes, and a bag with wheels so she doesn’t have to lug around a heavy bowling ball. On the weekends, she enjoys getting to see one of her sisters regularly at mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
When she runs into people she knows around town, she always asks them questions about their lives. She wants to hear about what’s new, share about her upcoming plans for the week, or ask how things are going.
Kathy is active and engaging, enjoys having fun, and she puts a smile on the face of everyone she meets.