Spotlight on Irene Holmes,  Epiphany League President Spotlight on Irene Holmes,  Epiphany League President

Spotlight on Irene Holmes,  Epiphany League President

September 11, 2014

1. When did your interest in service come about? I think I must have absorbed an interest in service from my parents because I cannot remember a time I was not involved in some modest service work. I was a girl scout in elementary school, participated in projects in Washington D.C. as a member of a service club in high school, worked for welfare agencies during college, and did pro bono legal work after law school. I also remember the kindness that others showed us when my family first came to the United States, and I’m sure that had an influence.

2. How did you decide to choose to volunteer your time on behalf of Epiphany Center? I learned of Epiphany Center through the annual Benefit Party & Shows at the Great American Music Hall where my friends performed. Development Chair Brenda MacLean invited me to join the League, and I was flattered to be asked.

3. What is your favorite memory from Epiphany Center? Since joining the League, my favorite memories are of the client lunches around the holidays. That wonderful feeling of togetherness and joint enterprise is very enjoyable.

4. What have you learned during your time working with Epiphany Center? I learn every minute I am at the Center. To be honest, what I have learned most is the power of caring. Caring for each other is the most useful practice we can adopt.

5. What or who inspires you? In general, I am inspired by music. Rhythm and song have always cheered me right up.

6. Of the five major Vincentian Values of Respect, Compassionate Service, Simplicity, Advocacy for the Poor, and Creativity, which one is your favorite to practice and why? I think Respect is the most basic of these values. My favorite would be Simplicity, but I think I will not attain it. Respect for myself and others is something I can do.

7. What do you enjoy most about volunteering here in the city of San Francisco? The most enjoyable part of volunteering in San Francisco is that it introduces you to so many wonderful people, all of whom have unexpected talents. That is what renews the experience for me every time.

8. What is your favorite spot in SF? I don’t have a favorite spot in San Francisco, but when we have guests from out of town, I take them to Sea Cliff to marvel at the beautiful houses overlooking the ocean.

9. Where were you born? I was born in Germany. My family emigrated to the United States in 1953.

Are you interested in joining the Epiphany League?  Please contact Mary Rhoades at (415) 351 4055 or

The purpose of the Epiphany League is to raise funds to ensure holistic care for the most vulnerable women, children, and families in San Francisco, to directly benefit clients through service projects, and to broaden community awareness of Epiphany Center