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Verrado Neighbors Jan Collins and Pat Conlan

Friendship can blossom in the most unusual places. When Jan Collins moved to Verrado, she went in search of a volunteer program to find ways to connect to her new community. She contacted the Verrado Assembly and they mentioned that Phoenix Rescue Mission needed support. The first Thursday of each month a group from Verrado feeds the homeless at the Mission. Feeling like a perfect fit, Jan volunteered.

At the same time, Pat Conlan had been participating in the monthly volunteer program for a while. On the way to the Mission two years ago, these two Verrado residents met and shared stories on the ride to the Mission. Pat mentioned that she was opening a consignment furniture shop in the fall. Being comfortable and already feeling a friendship blossoming, Jan said that if Pat needed any help to let her know.

When they returned to Verrado that evening, the ladies got out of the van, started walking to their respective homes – only to realize that they were neighbors. Pat engaged Jan in helping to get the business established, and even enlisted Jan’s husband Wayne as well.

A chance meeting, while helping others, brought together people who might never have met. The friendship flourishes as does Pat’s Flip N Furniture business.