When Hermes “Mick” Lorica first made his unusual request, Wheels That Care coordinator Shirley Legg almost said “no way!” Shepherd’s Center Central volunteer drivers had been transporting Mick to medical appointments for over 2 years; but now he was requesting a destination near KCI Airport – much further than the drivers normally go.
Mick, a native of the Philippines, had been working as a registered nurse in Kansas City when he began losing his eyesight. He eventually became legally blind and unable to drive. But his dream had always been to become an American citizen, and the required Citizenship Classes were only held north of the river.
When the Wheels That Care volunteer drivers heard the story, they immediately stepped up to help. Thanks to Margo Parker and Dick Ballentine, Mick made it to every class, and a Shepherd’s Center driver took him to the downtown ceremony where he was proudly sworn in as a citizen of the United States. When we say our volunteers go “the extra mile,” in this case we really mean it!
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Danielle Wootton at email@example.com or 816-444-1121.