March Volunteer of the Month: Kim Hoffman and her dog Toby!

March Volunteer of the Month: Kim Hoffman and her dog Toby!

Kim Hoffman and her dog Toby have been visiting the folks at Lakeside since 2013.

Kim says, “Toby and I have been reading with Julia ever since, sometimes doing puzzles.  Toby plays quietly with his toys until we finish. We’ve also been able to spend time visiting informally with some of the other housemates too.  A couple of years ago we started to go for walks in the neighborhood with Jake.  If it is raining, Jake will brush Toby instead.  Jake loves to talk MN sports so I have to make sure that I am up on the latest.  He knows that I am Packer and Badger fan so I have to be prepared to defend my teams!

What keeps them coming back? Kim said: “The folks at Lakeside (the people we support and staff) have always made us feel very welcome and appreciated. Toby even has his own box of Milk Bones for a treat after a walk.  Toby adores the attention and it makes me glad to see the smiles when we arrive and to know that our visit has made others happy.”

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