Becky Laube’s Volunteer of the Month Story
~My name is Becky Laube, and this is how my journey began at the Health & Hope Clinic…
1). How did you start volunteering at Health and Hope Clinic?
The pastor at Olive Baptist Church, Dr. Ted Traylor, suggested I should volunteer while my husband was deployed to Afghanistan. He put me in touch with Sara Davy. It's hard to believe that it was 9 years ago. When I graduated nursing school, I always figured I would become a medical missionary, I just figured it would be overseas, not in my own city. God really does surprise me sometimes.
2). What department do you work in at the clinic, and what makes your work meaningful to you?
I am a registered nurse, so I work with the nursing department, amongst the other providers. When I first started, because we were a much smaller clinic, I worked as a nurse plus whatever else was needed. Now that we have grown and expanded services, the nursing portion keeps me busy on my Monday mornings.
It is very humbling to know that our patients who may have been without healthcare, for whatever reason, are truly grateful for the services provided to them and for the people that make this possible.
On the flip side, it is exciting to see them leave with hope and a plan for going forward on their own journey to manage their health in the future.
3). What have you learned from working at the clinic?
I have learned what the poverty rate is in this area. I usually keep a current copy on my phone so when I get asked about the clinic, I can show others what 200% of the poverty level looks like in real wages. If I have on my clinic shirt, I always get approached with questions about the clinic.
4). What is one of your favorite memories and/or experiences during the time you have been at the clinic?
Volunteering at the former Century clinic location and being told by the current nurse at that time who was in her 80s, sweetly, of course, that I was going too fast for her.
5). What do you enjoy the most about being a part of the team at the clinic?
I enjoy being around and working with the other volunteers, resulting in life-long friendships.
6). What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I take care of three, 88-year-old parents, so when I do have some free time, I enjoy camping, hiking, traveling, and hanging out with my grandkids. It will be an exciting day when I can once again visit my son and his wife who both live in London.