Meet the Neighbors Episode 11: Dona & Joe - The Best of Both Worlds
Four years ago Dona, Joe, and their dog Henry moved to Gig Harbor from Michigan. Dona moved here to become to President of the Pierce County United Way and Joe to continue his career as a writer of books and short stories.
Joe’s secret to meeting the neighbors? Get a dog. “My real way of meeting people is this guy down here, who's taking a nap, because I walk him once or twice a day,” says Joe. “Over time I have met just about everybody in the neighborhood because they all love Henry.”
Dona drives over the bridge in Tacoma to work at Pierce County United Way. Their work is focussed on lifting households in Pierce County out of poverty. “I always think of us as the great inviter,” says Dona. “We invite people around the table to say how do we tackle poverty... in this county, even here in Gig Harbor, there are people struggling every single day… My wish list is to see how I can and how United Way can be more connected to Gig Harbor.”
At the end of the day she comes back to Joe, Henry, and their home in Gig Harbor. “I spend most of my time over on the other side of the bridge,” says Dona. “When it's time to come home, I feel like I can separate. I feel like I can leave everything over on the other side of the bridge, and I'm home. And days like this, coming back over the bridge, it's like you're going on vacation. It's just so beautiful. When I'm home, I don't feel like I'm always on. That's one reason for me being over here in Gig Harbor is nice.”
Now that a few years have passed, Joe and Dona are feeling connected to their neighborhood, “We've got a couple of people who started a social committee we have a book club, and all of this has happened in the last year. That's made it really fun, because I always wanted to feel a part of a community.”
What happens when you meet your neighbors? How can we increase the feeling of connection between members of our community and their neighbors? Over the past few months we here at Windermere Professional Partners have set out to answer those questions. Based on recommendations from our REALTORS® we set out with a camera crew to speak to our neighbors from the heart about what it means to be a neighbor, to live life fully, and to connect with our community.
Dona and Joe were our very first filming day! Check out the Behind the Scenes here!