Some people dig wells or build shelters for their mission work. For us, our mission is educating and advocating for adults with hearing loss. There's quite a bit of help for children with hearing loss through the schools and social services. But for adults who lose their hearing (or a portion of it), there's very little in the way of information or help navigating what they're going through.
This is near and dear to us, as Mel is a former school teacher with significant hearing loss.
This year, we're starting traveling the US, with our goal to serve and and advocate for adults with hearing loss. We travel from town to town, offering an informative presentation at churches, community centers, etc. to help people with hearing loss connect with others, better understand what they're going through, learn some simple communication techniques, and talk about available resources. We offer it free to the public, so that no one need feel they can't attend, but we accept donations to help us cover costs and continue the mission. (If this sounds like something your church or location would be interested in hosting, please contact us!)
Mel's a good fisherman. We both can cook. Mel knows a little basic auto maintenance and repair. We're both pretty good at problem solving and self-teaching ourselves on whatever needs to be done.
No pets, but we love them. We've done some pet sitting over the past years as a way to help others and to get our pet fix in... dogs, cats & horses so far!
I think my favorite so far was up in the national forest, near Strawberry Hot Springs (near Steamboat Springs), Colorado. It was dry camping, but was such a beautiful spot with an amazing view, looking out over the valley with the leaves turning.
We love meeting new people, learning about new places, having new adventures. And we're always up for a road trip. I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA, and my husband's from a suburb of Cleveland. We met in the Rockies, and have lived all over the country. So far, we've visited 49 of the 50 states!
Nothing fancy. Just your standard Coachmen travel trailer
Tracy and Mel are DELIGHTFUL people! Our church hosted their Hearing Loss Educational Mission this week. Mel's presentation was excellent; informal yet professional, educational yet entertaining! They have so much to offer those with adult onset hearing loss and their families and associates. They both are hard-working people and such fun to be around. It was great watching as they are learning the RV lifestyle real time while living it! What courage (and good humor and humility) in the process. We'd loved hosting them.They are very adaptive to whatever you have to offer and very grateful and humble. They even left us with several lovely and useful items. But their greatest gift was their time spent with us. Priceless and extremely enjoyable. We hope they find their way back in their seasonal travel plans. And if we ever head north in the summer time, we're going to track them down. Happy Trails Tracy and Mel!