After retiring from a demanding human resources career, John Murphy felt he had “all the time in the world.” And since his brother lives with an intellectual disability, John began researching volunteer opportunities at organizations serving those with disabilities and identified Inglis. Now residents on our 2 North neighborhood eagerly anticipate his weekly visits. They’ve discovered they can rely on John’s commitment to make their lives better, whether it’s organizing their belongings, gathering out-of-reach supplies or simply lending an ear. “When I’m here, it’s like seeing friends,” says John. “We share in each other’s lives and it’s very fulfilling.”
In recognition of his impact on our residents, John is one of the winners of Inglis’ Integrity Award, which honors a volunteer who embodies one of Inglis’ LIST ONE values.
Recently, John and his husband, Tom Ayers took an additional step to demonstrate their commitment to Inglis by joining the Annie Inglis Society—a group of thoughtful people who have included Inglis in their estate plans. “Tom and I feel incredibly fortunate: we have enough resources today to enjoy a rich and fulfilling life together,” says John. “Through my volunteering, I have gained some insight into the lives of residents, leading us to want to leave something behind in addition to my volunteer hours. If our gift one day helps bring a better life to the residents of Inglis House, this will bring us great happiness.”