(510) 394-4815
Email Me

Andrea Wallace, 6 3/4, with her dog Kimber at her home in Quechee, Vt.

"Kimber makes me happy because she bites my dad because he tickles me and she sleeps in my room so nobody will break in and she would bark and she chews my stuffed animals because they're creepy and she likes to lick me a lot and she eats snow and she eats ornaments off the tree and she plays with Lola and we wrestle together." (Valley News)

Annie Nelson, 18, at her home in Windsor, Vt.

“In the past few years I’ve traveled to Africa twice. Both times I was able to work with children and they had nothing but the clothes on their backs, yet they were always smiling and had authentic joy. Being there with them and knowing that I made a difference in their lives is what makes me truly happy. Those experiences had a big part in my decision to pursue a career serving others.” (Valley News)

Adrien Marcus, 25, at his home in Hanover, N.H.

“What makes me happy is poetry and creativity. Being able to create a different world from various colors or words and putting them together to create a story or an image.” (Valley News)

Sarah Blum, 36, holds her daughter Mia while at her home in Wilder, Vt.

"What makes me happy is being able to give stability to my children. Transitioning from renting to owning was a major milestone in that journey for me, and I've lived in this house with my kids for almost two years now, and I'm really excited about being able to build new traditions with them in this home, in this space, and have memories that we can look back on over the years." (Valley News)

Peter Waters, 46, at his mother's home in Springfield, Vt.

"What makes me happy is my seven-month old baby and her momma and knowing that very soon that we'll all be together and have a good life. Family is everything in the world. So, that’s what makes me happy." (Valley News)

Bobby Sand, 55, at his home in Woodstock, Vt.

"What makes me happy is hiking, particularly in the Adirondacks, and particularly with my daughter. We've hiked together over thirty of the forty-six high peaks, and I’ve finished all forty-six." (Valley News)

Priscilla Gannon, 63, at her home in Claremont, N.H.

"What makes me happy is being almost 64 years of age and being comfortable in my own skin and being happy to have reached this point in my life and to be in relatively good health and to have really good friends." (Valley News)

Harjit Rakhra, 76, at his home in Norwich, Vt.

"There are a lot of things that make me happy. Sometimes it's just simply a beautiful day. Looking back over a period, when we came over here what made me most comfortable [was] when we had the pantry full and four cords of firewood stacked up. It's been quite a few years, the kids grew up right here from kindergarten through college. That was another thing that made me very happy, was a wonderful community here - they let us do whatever we wanted to do and helped us do what we wanted to do. These days I'm content. There may still be a little bit of rows still to hoe, but basically my life's work was raising the kids and seeing ourselves situated properly." (Valley News)