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Stories of Support – Karen Naka

If you’ve spent any time in the new Showroom, chances are you’ve noticed the new signs that hang above the doorways of each room, helping volunteers and clients as they make their way through the different rooms – Beds, Dressers, Linens, Lamps, Appliances, and more. These signs are the handiwork of volunteer Karen Naka.

Karen has been volunteering at Household Goods for three years.  She enjoys assisting clients as they select needed household items and furniture.  She also enjoys meeting new people every week – clients and volunteers – and says that Household Goods “turned out to be perfect for me.”

In addition to the client work, Karen makes a unique contribution to Household Goods by sharing her talents in decorating and quilting. In addition to the room identification signs, Karen created a quilt showcasing the new Household Goods logo. This beautiful piece hangs on the wall right where clients enter the building. She also made the giant quilted pieces hanging on the wall at the Volunteer entrance that will be used for storing volunteer name tags.

Karen first learned to sew at the age of seven, and has been quilting for twenty years.  When asked why she volunteered to make the logo quilt, Karen said, “the new logo really caught my eye. I love the colors!”