Tricia Lushina leads a service desk team at the Pentagon, helping users resolve difficult IT problems, but her commitment to service doesn’t stop on Fridays at the end of her shift. After her workweek comes to a close, her community service begins and she heads to Powhatan Nursing Home with Dexter, her 8 year old Labrador mix.
When her aunt moved to Powhatan in 2014, Tricia decided to bring along Dexter to put a smile on her Aunt’s face. One by one, more residents started asking to pet Dexter, each with a growing smile on their face, and one by one, the world became a brighter, happier place.
Trish is a member of Fairfax Pets on Wheels (http://www.fpow.org/) and has been since 2014. The mission of the organization is to connect pets with people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities; altogether, volunteers donate more than 8,000 hours of pet visitation annually. While the program aims to benefit residents, it often impacts the visitors and pet-owners just as greatly.
Tricia said about her time volunteering, “It gives me a perspective on life and work, helps me appreciate and reminds me to make sure I’m enjoying my life, whether I’m at work or elsewhere. It makes me happy to see other people made happy with something as simple as a short visit with a dog.”
Tricia exemplifies NetCentrics’ core values – supporting those at the Pentagon through innovative technology, and helping others and improving the quality of life in her spare time at Powhatan.
Interested in getting involved? Contact Tricia or Fairfax Pets on Wheels at http://www.fpow.org/.