Have you ever heard of the phrase, “Make Hay while the Sun shines?” Well I am pretty sure I met the person this saying was created after. This is a volunteer who is involved in everything from Kiwanis to Church renovations, Non Profit projects to gardening & landscaping plans. Ken is someone who exemplifies this phrase by spending his life pursuing opportunities and making things happen when able. However, he goes far beyond making hay only when the sun is shining. He will do his best to ‘make hay’ when it’s snowing, foggy, or raining toads outside!
Ken began volunteering at Hearth Homes nearly 3 years ago during our extreme makeover of the properties. However, Ken isn't a "one-and-done" kind of person. Once he has a project within his grasp there is very little, if anything, that will keep him from seeing it through, and he has done this time and again. From getting his church group involved to erect 10 garden beds, to installing flooring in our offices, or reaching out to partners to help us Burn the Mortgage, Ken is determined to see our mission fulfilled. Recently, Ken shared his vision for extending our building out back to allow us to house more families and we certainly hope we can make his vision come to fruition! Ken's ability to see the potential impact of a project and rally other's to join in the process has impacted every area of his life.
One thing is clear when you meet Ken: he serves simply for the benefit of others. He champions the financial and project needs at Hearth Homes to benefit the homeless single mothers and children housed here, helps organize the roofing project at his church to ensure a safe environment for the attendees, and coordinates Spokane Valley Kiwanis Club's monthly service at the local food bank so our neighbors don't go without. This gentleman is truly a force to be reckoned with and one that is a force for good!
Thank you Ken and Amaryllis Otteman for your tremendous service, championship and support of the Hearth Homes mission and team. You are truly leaving a legacy in Spokane Valley and beyond!