"I think the first two years or so of working at the shelter were very eye opening, and what I learned was the value of providing whatever was necessary to make life a little easier for people through the hard times. You know, I remember a woman came into the shelter. She had walked from California. You know, this was the 70’s. She was running away from her life and she ended up in Worcester at a bad time. But I mean, to walk from California? Life must have been pretty tough. There have been many like that. And to help someone like that was something I never thought would happen, but it makes you feel good. I think the work I did at Abby’s House is the proudest I’ve been. Women were struggling. And I think it’s important to help in this kind of way, and it’s something that the next generation needs to find in themselves to help others."