One of City House’s many valuable volunteers, Louis Ward is a kind soul with a warm heart who embodies everything for which City House stands.
Retired now, Louis stays busy. He found he enjoyed working with kids after volunteering with his Sunday School class in the church nursery.
“When I heard about City House, I figured I’d sign up. I’ve enjoyed every minute,” said Louis. “I never have a bad day coming here. I like to get away and do this.”
Whether he’s giving a baby a bottle or playing games with teenagers, Louis adapts well to any age.
“I’ve seen kids come in and completely change for the better after they are here for a while,” said Louis, briefly pausing to compose himself. “It’s truly a miracle and it is very rewarding and inspiring.”
Volunteer Profile: Louis Ward
Louis Ward is one of City House’s many valuable volunteers. A kind soul with a warm heart, he embodies everything for which City House stands.
Louis was born in Texas, grew up in Enid, Okla., and returned to the Lone Star State in high school, attending Texas Tech and going on to earn a masters degree in music at the University of Texas.
He went into banking as a first career, which led to working with IBM for 32 years helping with software development and program coding. Louis started his career in Lubbock but soon moved on to Dallas. He also worked for EDS for seven years.
Louis is retired now but stays busy (he credits his wife with keeping him quite active). He has three kids, many grandchildren, and even two great grandkids. Louis turns 80-years-old next month, but that doesn’t slow him down. He has a biweekly volunteer shift at My Friend’s House on Tuesday mornings.
“I really enjoy being around the kids,” he said. “When I was younger, I never would have thought I would want to be around any kids other than my own. But I volunteered to help out at the nursery of our church through our Sunday School and they put me in the toddlers’ room where I had a lot of fun. Our associate pastor had an infant son in there as well and we seemed to bond. The staff told me that the boy used to cry all the time but he was happy with me. I had a calming affect on him and was able to quiet him. I really enjoyed it. Then I heard about City House and I figured I would sign up. I’ve enjoyed every minute.”
My Friend’s House Lead Child Care Specialist Tracey Sherman says Louis is the perfect volunteer to have around the children.
“Louis will work with any age kids,” Tracey said. “He can hold a baby and give a baby a bottle, he can play games with teenagers. He can get down on the floor and play trucks with preschoolers. He adapts really well to any age. Louis has a very quiet, gentle sprit, something these kids need. He is very quiet and soft-spoken but just very relaxed. The kids gravitate to him. He has made a biweekly commitment and we get to know him personally and he gets to know the kids on a more intimate basis when you are here more often. The kids love him.”
Louis will often have play dates with some of the kids. Interacting with them is what he looks forward to the most.
“I’m happy that I get a chance to come work with toddlers,” Louis said. “There’s no typical day either. Kids will accept me or even gravitate to me. That motivates me.I never have a bad day coming here. I like to get away and do this.
“Tracey found out I play chess, so she set me up with chess players. So far I’ve beaten them all. I showed a kid the other day how to win in four moves. And they also let me feed the eight-week old babies a time or two. I have a soft spot in my heart for the infants.”
Louis is most proud of being part of City House and what the organization represents.
“City House is a great organization,” he said. “The kids have everything they need and we have some generous donors. There were a lot of toys at Christmas. Everything is in great shape.”
Louis is just one of many fantastic individuals who give generous time towards helping our kids.
“This place couldn’t run without the volunteers,” Tracey said. “They are critical to our success. They come willing to do whatever is asked, and that is a big help. They all come with open hearts to do whatever is needed, which is awesome.”
Louis’ love for the kids came through when he was asked about the biggest thing he has taken away from his experience at City House.
“The main thing to me is that I’ve seen kids come in and completely change for the better after they are here for a while,” he said, briefly pausing to compose himself. “It’s truly a miracle and it is very rewarding and inspiring. It’s all due to the staff here; I can’t say enough about the job they do here. These kids are in really good hands.”