Posted On: Friday, September 16, 2011 10:52 AM, by Abbey Shea
L-R: Myself and Carrie during one of our summer adventures!
I didn't know a soul when moving to the east coast for the summer. Kappa Alpha Theta helped me find a home—and a new family.
Last winter, I found out I had landed a summer internship with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League. I was born and raised in Colorado and had never been to the east coast before—I didn't know a soul out there! As one can imagine, trying to find summer housing in Cape Cod with only an unpaid internship was a daunting task. As a fourth-generation legacy, all of the women in my family strongly suggested trying to find a Theta to live with. I wasn't sure if it was going to work or not, but I contacted the Boston Alumnae Chapter to inquire about any Cape-area Thetas anyways.
To make a long story short, Carrie Helmke Haner, Delta Eta/Kansas State, offered me a room in her Middleboro house for the summer (only about 15 minutes away from my internship site!). Carrie, her husband Dennis, and their two dogs Oscar and Esther became like a second family to me. They opened up their home and their lives to a complete stranger; their warmth and generosity made moving across the country by myself so much easier. We clicked immediately and shared many summer adventures: days spent on their boat in Providence, Rhode Island, baseball games, Cape cruises, and neighborhood parties filled our summer together.
Because of Kappa Alpha Theta sisterhood, I was able to find Carrie and her family. Ours is a wonderful story of Theta love and the value of continued involvement in alumnae chapters!
Abbey Shea, Kappa, is a recent graduate of The University of Kansas.