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Walk of Faith 2018: “Fired Up for Respite Care”

News, Philanthropy, 2018

Walkers of all ages and their dogs stepped out on behalf of Faith in Action at the Walk of Faith on Sunday, September, 30. This fun-filled walk started at Tillamook Regional Medical Center, paused at the 9th Street Park for a brief water break and blessing of the canine walkers, and ended back at the medical center with light refreshments. Close to $1,000 was raised in support of the respite care ministry of Faith in Action.

The three best-behaved dogs, as judged by Gerry Cortimilia, received awards. Many thanks to local businesses for donating treats and items for the dogs: Jewell Creek Kennel, Pioneer Veterinary Hospital, and the TCCA Farm Store.

Each year the Walk of Faith honors a person or family that has experienced the challenges and rewards of caregiving. This year's honoree is Jacky Carpenter, whose son, Tim Carpenter, has been Chief of the Netarts Oceanside Fire District for 20 years. This year’s theme, 'Fired Up for Respite Care,' was in honor of Jacky’s fire-fighting family who takes such good care of her.

“Jacky is a great blessing for our Wellspring Respite Day Center family over the past couple of years,” shared Mollie Reding, Faith in Action coordinator. “She has a very positive outlook on life and is thankful for her many blessings. We are always happy when she arrives, as she adds joy to our day. We are very glad to have Jacky and her family as our honored guests for this year’s Walk of Faith.”

An active member of the Netarts community since moving there full time from Kansas in 1998, Jacky loves the people, the area, and living close to her son Tim and his family. Jacky’s life story includes raising two sons with her husband Jack, becoming the first female insurance adjuster in her company’s Midwestern region, and being part of a Storm Chaser team that followed storms that included blizzards and tornados. These days, Jacky enjoys spending Wednesdays with her Wellspring friends where they enjoy activities, meals, and music together while their family caregivers take a break.

Wellspring nurse Carolyn Betlinski shared, “I have really enjoyed getting to know Jacky and her family, and I am so glad that she is a part of our family of guests and volunteers at Wellspring Respite Day Center. Thank you to the Carpenter family for being a part of our Walk of Faith this year!”

About Faith in Action: A program of Tillamook Regional Medical Center, Faith in action volunteers offer hope, support, and friendship to people of all ages who battle chronic illness, mental illness, and disabilities through in-home respite care, friendly visiting, house work, yard work and minor home repairs. Home-based volunteer services are provided at no cost. Faith in Action also operates Wellspring, an adult respite day care center that offers an affordable day of respite for caregivers four days per month. For information about Faith in Action or Wellspring, call Mollie Reding at (503) 815-2272.