How has Goshen changed
since your childhood?
Goshen has changed so much since I was a kid. All the locally owned stores (from childhood) are mostly gone, and the small hometown feeling has changed. Now I would not feel safe letting my kids have the same freedom my parents could give me as a kid. (And I feel the same way living in South Bend.) The good thing about Goshen is that there is still a strong sense of community, and the residents pull together when needed. I can be in a store in Goshen, and someone always stops me and asks me if I am one of the “Hamilton kids.” I love going to my old neighborhood and sharing my memories with my kids. The sledding hill on Dewey Avenue, Bakersfield Park (where we used all my mom’s spoons to dig in the sand under hot metal curly slide and used all her wax paper to make the slide go really fast!) and walking them over to the Chief. And I’m sure my kids get tired of me saying, “Well, that wasn’t there, it was a corn field” while driving into Goshen.
What are your interests?
My main passion is my family, making sure we are healthy and teaching our kids to be honest, kind and loving. My passion is being a volunteer for Heartland Small Animal Rescue. We became involved in volunteering after adopting two dogs that came from a hoarding situation about a year and a half ago. We currently foster two dogs through Heartland. It is a wonderful group that places homeless dogs in foster families that take care of them, give them love and help them learn how to just be dogs. Heartland pays for all the medical vetting, dog food and neutering for all the dogs that come into our rescue. They only ask you to bring your foster to the adoption events so they can be adopted into their forever homes. We have fostered over a dozen dogs in the past year, eight have been placed in homes, three are still waiting for their forever homes and one sweet girl passed away in our care.
Our kids love us being fosters for dogs. It is always bittersweet when they get adopted, and we cry happy tears for the lucky dogs. But they know there is always another dog that needs our love and kindness. It has taught our kids to open their hearts and love without condition and to treat all animals with love and kindness.