Erie Native Chris Tombaugh has used her private tragedy to assist others take care of the ache and heartache that comes with grief.
The Remarkable Girls candidate has an extended listing of accomplishments over time.
She additionally took in her niece and nephew after their mother and father died inside a yr of one another.
Chris Tombaugh’s husband died when she was simply 37-years-old. She mentioned her journey of serving to others started quickly after that whereas turning her tragedy into triumph for others.
“When my husband died unexpectedly, I used to be younger and it actually was an impression on my life. What am I going to do with the remainder of my life? And I actually began getting concerned in serving to those who had been grieving,” mentioned Chris Tombaugh, Remarkable Girls Candidate.
Simply a few months after being widowed, she went to work on the Erie Metropolis Mission, working within the girls’s shelter for about 5 years.
“I knew the method that you must undergo and grief is a journey, and I believe that it was vital to me as a result of I had such sturdy girls in my life from the time I used to be little. My mom, my grandparents, lecturers, simply sturdy girls that impressed me,” mentioned Tombaugh.
Her work on the mission ready her for what got here subsequent because the Director of the Mercy Middle for Girls.
For 19 years she has helped grieving girls get their lives again on monitor.
“And simply seeing that and watching that every individual going via that journey from disappointment, to ache, to hope and therapeutic was simply one thing that simply touches your coronary heart,” mentioned Tombaugh.
Tombaugh supplied a house for her niece and nephew after her younger members of the family misplaced each of their mother and father inside a yr.
“Realizing that they’d a secure and safe place actually helped them and I’d have by no means haven’t taken them in. They wanted a spot with out both of their mother and father. That’s simply who I’m,” mentioned Tombaugh.
In 2008 she began a workware program that helps girls discover work garments.
“It’s extra than simply giving the garments, but it surely’s one other type of with the ability to encourage girls which you can change your life,” mentioned Tombaugh.
Whereas technically retired now, her large coronary heart can’t cease serving others. She is presently working half time at Erie Daybreak serving to low earnings girls and youngsters with transitional housing.