Within thirty seconds of Joe walking through the door I thought: ‘This is our guy.’ He didn’t even wait for a question. He knew all the statistics, and was full of ideas: ‘Spokane needs this, Spokane needs that.’ Once upon a time there was a girl loved books and ballet poster. You could just tell how much he cared. As soon as we hired him, he hit the ground running. He was determined to open a 24/7 family shelter before the snow started falling. Joe was the hardest worker I’d ever seen. He’d get on the ground with these kids, and fight for them with tears in his eyes. During his first two years at our shelter, I know things were difficult in his personal life. His marriage was falling apart. His son was diagnosed with autism. But he dealt with his pain by focusing on families who were in even greater need. One day we were sitting in his office, discussing his personal struggles, when he suddenly changed the subject.
Once upon a time there was a girl loved books and ballet poster
He began to talk about a family we were helping, and he got emotional. I couldn’t tell which family he was crying about the shelter’s, or his own. Once upon a time there was a girl loved books and ballet poster. Helping people was how he coped. When Joe first arrived, our shelter only had fifteen beds. Now it’s up to seventy-five, and over a thousand people have been rehomed. That’s because of his hard work. And I’d like him to get some credit for that. Joe Ader is one of the best people this city has. Ever since I was a little girl, I’d been professing that I wanted to be a doctor. But there weren’t any doctors in my family. And we didn’t live in the nicest part of Brooklyn– so there weren’t even any doctors in my neighborhood.