The Power of a Welcoming Smile

- Written by John Mathis, Board Member -


I had my first experience with Springhouse when I met up with Kim O’Donnell for coffee when the Red Rooster was the Blackwater Loft. Waiting anxiously on Kim to arrive, my thoughts were racing: Will I have something to contribute? Would they want my opinion? Am I educated enough?


Soon at the door, a tall wonderful woman walked through with a smile that put me at ease. We soon huddled around a warm mug of coffee and dove deep into who we were. At every meeting or gathering I attend for Springhouse, that smile still greets me, only now that smile belongs to several different people. Experiencing Springhouse is to feel welcomed, heard, and loved. I look forward to sharing it with the community and the wonderful students who grace our halls.



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