Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of December 18, 2006
Kairos resident rose out of the valley
After a year of being served, now he wants to strengthen others
By BILL GLEN
"I've rebuilt and become stronger."
- David Berg
The Order of St. Lazarus has long been a supporter of Kairos House. Every Christmas, it provides funds for gifts and its members come and help wrap the presents.
"It's a good time for memories. We have to bring it out and celebrate instead of ruminating in sadness," Berg said. "The staff is able to understand how hard a time it is without family."
He compliments Kairos House for helping him become a long-term survivor of the disease.
"All along, there has been a very supportive atmosphere. I don't feel pressure or pushed in any way. It usually comes down to a positive attitude and being surrounded with really good help."
Erin Makowsky has worked at Kairos for almost a year. This will be her first Christmas with the residents.
"We try to make them feel welcomed because some of them don't have a place to go at Christmas. It's really important for them," she said.
This Christmas, Berg is looking forward to decorating the house and cooking the turkey. He plans to fully participate in the festivities.
He worked part-time last summer, saving up a few dollars to buy some presents.
And if needed, he will be one of the stronger members to offer support to those who are as down as he was a year ago.
"I've rebuilt and become stronger. I can turn to different avenues for help. It's worth it."
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