Kris was able to help both families — and offer a shoulder to lean on.
“Sometimes, they just need to talk,” she says.
She’s learned to compartmentalize, storing the sadness in one part of her mind while finding humor wherever else she can.
“I have the funniest work stories of anyone I know,” she says, before jumping into a story about a McDonald’s cup that was definitely not filled with soda.
Before she had kids, Kris had been an executive assistant, worked at a school, and worked for several retailers.
But while taking care of her kids, she’d found a passion for volunteering and went back to school.
She was 49 when she started her job with Catholic Harvest Food Pantry.
“We don’t get old until we stop learning things,” she says.
She found a new home in her work there, and her experience outside of the nonprofit world helped develop her into being capable of handling that job.
“If you do things right as a woman,” she says, “the older you get, the stronger you can be.”