My Big New Gig…

Get On The Bus was one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had. Not only did I love what I did, but I felt good about what I was doing. I never minded working hard because I knew that our clients were directly benefiting and appreciative of the experience of getting to see their parents if only for a short time.

I absolutely loved going into work every day. It was long hours and lots of travel, but for some reason when you are doing something that fuels your soul, the hours go by like seconds.

Get On The Bus will always have a special place in my heart and I still cherish the people, the clients and the volunteers I worked so closely with for all those years.

However, I am pleased to announce that I have secured a new position that has already caused me to have the same feelings I had at Get On The Bus. As of tomorrow, I will be starting as the Volunteer Coordinator for an organization called Pony Power Therapies in Mahwah, NJ.

Pony Power Therapies offers equine therapy to their vast array of clients (children with physical disabilities, people with cancer, disabled vets, victims of rape and domestic violence, at-risk youth and many others). Our therapy horses help the clients to gain control of their muscles, trust and most of all, love. The horses that work with us are also all donated. Some are retired show horses, some saved from the slaughter-house, but all are grateful to have the jobs they do. (We even have a horse that can sense seizures).

I wanted to share this with all of you because as you know last year was not an easy year for me. Laden with loss, I made a personal resolution to make 2012 better. I believe all the angels in heaven are looking down and smiling at me and I know the one who has the biggest smile is my grandma, who I wish could be here to share in this moment of happiness with me.

Gram, if you are listening, you finally got your wish for me. I love you and miss you more each day. Pittsburgh is just not the same without you!

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