From: Lori Olson
Rita Haugh was honored and celebrated on Tuesday, September 3, for the 41 years she has devoted to volunteering at Birthright of Winona. A farewell open house was given in appreciation of her generous gifts of time, talent, and love, with many volunteers on hand to say their “goodbyes.” Rita is moving to another city to start the next chapter of her life and will be greatly missed by the entire community. Birthright is sad to see a longtime friend and compassionate volunteer leave, but is grateful for the work she has done to make Winona a better place.
Forty-one years ago, the pastor at St. Mary’s suggested she check the local newspaper for volunteer opportunities when Rita explained she was looking for connections with other people. The organizations were listed alphabetically in the paper, and so she called the first place on the list, which happened to be Birthright. She started her four-week training right away and found a place where she felt she belonged. Serving in various roles throughout her time at Birthright, she was the very first recipient of the Margaret Driscoll award in 2003.
Birthright of Winona thanks Rita for her many years of service to helping women facing unplanned pregnancies. Birthright of Winona believes it is the right of every pregnant woman to give birth … and the right of every child to be born.