It is with a great deal of sadness that we commemorate the passing of Arlene Hash a very good friend, supporter and co-worker at Spectrum Ministries. None of us currently at Spectrum know how long Arlene worked as a volunteer because she was here longer than anyone else. But it is safe to say that she worked here for over 25 years. She was a volunteer with the weekly sorting crew and helped screen the clothing donations into the appropriate bags (boys, girls, baby and adult) so they could be sent to the activities in Tijuana. It wasn’t unusual for her to hold up a cute baby dress or outfit to show others with an adoring comment.
Arlene was always a joy to work with whether during the chit chat while sorting or the sharing of stories during the coffee break. She always had good stories about her childhood memories, her family and the state of our country. Arlene was also highly regarded as one of the regular providers of the doughnuts for the coffee breaks. She also hosted the annual Christmas Party at her house where everyone enjoyed the great hospitality along with the beautiful bay view from her living room.
Spectrum Ministries works with five of the poorest of the poor neighborhoods in Tijuana and the clothing distribution at the weekly events is an important part of the ministry. Arlene’s dedicated volunteer service was a big help in that ministry and her smiling face will be greatly missed.