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Volunteer Spotlight: Laura Weatherbee

“Yoga has totally transformed my life in so many ways,” said volunteer Laura Weatherbee, a yoga teacher and practitioner for over ten years.

“The daily practice keeps my physical body strong and nimble, but it also gives me a sense of peace and well-being when going through difficult times.”

After learning of Providence House from a fellow yoga instructor and volunteer, Laura quickly reached out and became involved. Since September of last year, she has held monthly classes for residents at our Bishop Sullivan Supportive Housing Residence in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. She adapts the classes to engage energetic children, adults with disabilities, and everyone in between.

“I hope to bring a little peace and calm to residents, and encourage them to use their bodies to their fullest potential,” she said. “It has been such a pleasure getting to know the different residents. The positive energy they bring is what motivates me to keep teaching.”

Volunteer Spotlight: Eytan Kurshan

Volunteer Spotlight: Eytan Kurshan

New York is far from the cold, impersonal place that’s too often depicted in books and movies. In fact, it teems with groups and individuals eager to share their gifts to promote the well-being of their neighbors.

Take Brooklyn’s Eytan Kurshan. He became part of our work through Altshul, a vibrant and growing Park Slope group organized around traditional Jewish liturgy and a concern for social action. After working on an Altshul volunteer project with Providence House about four
years ago, Eytan began thinking about what he could do. With a degree in math and an abiding interest in teaching, he began tutoring residents one-on-one.

In between his statistics-heavy work as an airline pricing strategist, Eytan has so far tutored five residents for several months each, helping them not only ace high school equivalency tests but also prepare to manage their household finances and other tasks.

“I think giving these women the chance to spend time each week to work toward a goal is quite powerful,” he said. “That is the most rewarding thing for me, the idea that I’m helping someone grow their skills, hoping that will improve their lives in the long run.”