Hello, I’m Verg, a Davies Project Driver.
About me: I was raised on a farm up north in Missaukee County. During World War II, I was in the Navy Air Corp. I attended Michigan State University and received my Master’s degree in 1952 and spent a challenging 37 years in the state Department of Social Services in residential programs for 12 to 18 year old delinquent youth. I was privileged to serve on the Board of Governors for the American Correctional Association, President of the National Association of Training Schools and to be the recipient of the Chief Okemos Council Silver Beaver Award in Boy Scouts.
Joining the Davies Project: I met Pam Miklavcic as we both serve on a Children’s Health Equity and Access Task Force (CHEA) organized to help MSU and Sparrow Hospital establish a Sub-Specialty Pediatric Clinic in Lansing. This CHEA effort resulted in MSU and Sparrow hiring additional pediatric physicians who live and practice in Lansing. Now Lansing area families have additional access to local pediatric sub-specialty medical care. However, many low-income families who rely on public transportation were missing 60 percent of their appointments. This is when Pam stepped up to create the Davies Project and I volunteered to be a driver.
I vividly recall one of my first Davies drives. I asked the mother if she had participated before in the Davies Project. She said “no” and then went on to describe the difficulties she experienced when she had to rely on the public bus from her address in southwest Lansing. She was so grateful for the transportation help.
Early on, my big challenge was getting the seat belt through the infant car seat opening. Once I learned to use a tie-down and pull it through, I was in business!
The opportunity to meet and serve these families through the Davies Project is not only an opportunity to give where it counts, but it gives me a good feeling of purpose and involvement at this stage (age 91) in my life.