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He Had No Shoes

Fay Piovet is the Office Manager for Tri-Valley Haven.  She has been with TVH for nearly 8 years. Before that, she worked in the corporate world.  She is a mother of three beautiful children, and two lovely mini daschund dogs.  In her spare time she likes to BBQ, shop and cuddle up in a blanket with a good book.

Fay Piovet is the Office Manager for Tri-Valley Haven. She has been with TVH for nearly 8 years. Before that, she worked in the corporate world. She is a mother of three beautiful children, and two lovely mini dachshund dogs. In her spare time she likes to BBQ, shop and cuddle up in a blanket with a good book.

  As the Office Manager at the Tri-Valley Haven Community Building, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing people here in all different lights—clients and staff at their worst and their best. Nothing means more to us here at Tri-Valley Haven than seeing our clients grow with confidence and success. Our clients come into our shelters scared and unsure of their future, and for their children this change is just as scary and confusing for them. We are a crisis shelter, which means often our clients don’t have time to pack their belongings when fleeing from an abusive situation. They are only left with the clothing on their backs.

Which brings me to a certain little boy who came into my office with his mom and baby brother looking for help; mom, holding her baby brother on her hip, was very upset. The other boy was probably no older than 11 years old; he sat very quietly in the lobby area. I was speaking to mom and she was explaining her very stressful position.  As she was talking, I glanced over at the boy and realized he had no shoes. This was such a heart-break; imagine a family so scared they have to leave without their shoes. Most of us can’t imagine it, even if we tried.

Luckily, I was able to give mom resources including information about our shelters, but while I was finding her those other resources, I was also able at that moment to call Clare, Food Pantry Coordinator of Tri-Valley Haven, and she was able to issue a voucher to Buenas Vidas Thrift Store in Livermore so that mom would be able to get her son some shoes and other items she may have needed.

When the mom and two boys left my office, the 11-year-old got up, looked up at me, and waved good-bye with a sweet, warm smile as if everything in his life was just fine. At that moment, that little boy had forever left an imprint on my heart, and it has always impressed me that even in the worst situations people are still able to smile.

Donations for the Tri-Valley Haven are extremely important; this enables us to help provide clothing and supplies for our clients when needed.  Tri-Valley Haven now has a new addition to our agency—Buenas Vidas Thrift Store. This is a great addition to our agency for the benefit of Tri-Valley Haven and our clients.

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3 Comments

  1. Thank you Fay for being so compassionate and always ensuring that all of Tri-Valley Haven’s clients are treated with respect and value. This is a poignant reminder of all the survivors Tri-Valley Haven serves each day!

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  2. maureen

     /  June 13, 2013

    You are often the first person our clients see when they reach out to the Tri-Valley Haven and you really are the “face” of the organization. Thank you for being so perceptive and compassionate.

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  3. kim

     /  June 13, 2013

    *sniff* Your story brought tears to my eyes.

    Reply

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