Join us in a year of celebration – marking the 10th Anniversary of Chelsea’s Closet! Throughout the year, we invite you to meet the people who bring the organization to life!
Susan Sherwood – Child Life Specialist for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Chelsea’s Closet Board Member
“Gratefully, I’m lucky enough to say that I am able to see the highly positive effects of Chelsea’s Closet first hand, not only during each of their visits to the hospital but for many days afterwards. Helping facilitate these magical visits prompted me to want to do more for an organization I really believe in, an organization that has heart at the center of every decision they make. They truly keep in line with their mission, which focuses entirely on improving the lives of children and families in the hospital.
Through my involvement with Chelsea’s Closet, I’ve learned the complex planning and focus that needs to happen, behind the scenes as well, to make this effective programming work. I’ve learned how devoted teams are built, held up, and grow together to assure the organization is on solid ground. I’ve learned that something as simple as a costume can truly transform a child, a teenager, a sibling, a caregiver… anyone who has to spend time in the hospital.
Personally, I hope to continue to build community support for Chelsea’s Closet through contacts – I have secured a sole proprietor for supplying beer to the 2019 masquerade ball and I continue to work with committees to focus on planning, especially ongoing support for volunteers.”