Of all the people I’ve met doing this work, I’d like to write about one of the most inspirational human beings out there, my friend Jane Smith.
Back in the first few months of interning with Love Wins in the hospitality house, I always wondered who this “Jane” was, because everyone was asking for her all the time. Once I finally met her, I knew I needed to get to know her better, find out how she got to where she is today, and ask for words of advice in this work. And boy, has she helped me!
She has listened to me vent, discussed situations with some of our community members, and helped me process the different stories I’ve heard – and the support I’ve received from Jane isn’t even a hair of what our community has received from her. Jane is devoted to her community and is committed to helping in whatever way she can.
Nurse Jane is an R.N. engagement nurse employed through Southlight Healthcare. She’ll stop whatever she’s doing to help someone and will bend over backwards to open doors for her patients. Just as I used to ask who Nurse Jane was, we also hear all day people asking for “Ms. Jane.” Some people need help with prescriptions, some need rides to the hospital, some need help with stomach problems, or some people simply need band-aids.
Not only do people come in to see her when they need something, but they come in to just see her. They know that talking to Jane will calm their worries, soothe their pain, and brighten up their day. Jane is a role model in Wake County and one who deserves an award daily.
I wanted to give our friends some time to also speak about Jane.
“She is sweet and very kind.” – Rodger
“She is outgoing and travels a lot meeting people.” – Christian
“She helped me get my medication.” – Ken
“She tries to help everybody.” – Ronald
“She really helped me get my stuff ready to go to Job Corp.”- Michael
“She has helped me do everything I have needed to do. She is a great person.” – David
“She has helped me a lot. She is a great lady.” – Laura
“If more people were like her, this world would be a better place.” – Rachel
Many people know her, love her, and wouldn’t be where they are today without her.
Jean Vanier said, “Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot but don’t talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.”
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