At the Peter R. Marsh Foundation, we do not ordinarily give the Silent Servant Awards to a group. But Kristin Jung, Hannah Lui, and Abigail Jung of the Dreamcatchers Club at University HS in Tucson, AZ are no ordinary high school students. And the Dream Catchers are no ordinary club. The Dreamcatchers do extraordinary things!
The Dreamcatchers are an amazing group of high school students who have dedicated their time and talents to, “granting the wishes” of elderly Tucson citizens, most of whom who are in nursing homes or Hospice care.
Founder Kristin Jung is a senior leader and during a home visit, she learned from an Agape’ Hospice patient that her one wish was to have her home decorated for Christmas, just as she had done for many years, but could no longer do for herself. Kristin and the Dreamcatchers granted this patient’s wish by closely following the patient’s direction and completely decorated her home inside and out, just as she wanted and had always done.
When asked why this was important to her, Kristin said that she believed, “Having the connection between the younger and older generation will make our society a better place”.
Hannah Lui and Abigail Jung are current Co-Presidents of the Dreamcatchers Club. As club leaders they have helped organize many fund-raising activities and projects. Their Dreamcatchers have worked to provide hairstyle and makeup sessions, manicure appointments, and musical entertainment for many elderly patients. She once organized a Disney-themed Tea Party for a group of nursing home patients, and a Mexican-themed party with a live Mariachi band for others!
When asked why the Dreamcatchers Club was important to her, Hannah said that she believed, “We’re not just giving to these patients, we’re learning life lessons”. We can all learn something from Hannah’s selfless service to others. Abigail said that she believed, “A lot of students my age don’t really think a lot about what senior citizens are going through”.
Kristin, Hannah, and Abigail are always the first to think of others. They, and their Dreamcatchers, actively and outwardly demonstrate what it means to have a true Silent Servant’s heart!
You can learn more about them from this story that ran on the CBS Evening News: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/arizona-high-school-students-make-dreams-come-true-for-elderly-hospice-patients/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab
You can learn more about the Peter R. Marsh Foundation here: https://www.prmfoundation.org/