Founder, Suzie Quigg LeFurgey
In 2016, Suzan (Suzie) LeFurgey began work in Yelm, Washington to benefit the many houseless neighbors she saw living in tents, vehicles, RVs with no services and even holes in the ground. After time spent providing shelter in place survival gear through a “Shop for Free” program out of the back of her car and building the trust of her houseless neighbors, in 2018 she organized volunteers as Love Abounds Here to form a City of Yelm Homelessness Task Force where they recommended, among other solutions, a monthly Community Resource Fair of social service vendors from Thurston County who serve homeless and low-income people of Yelm. This event now takes place every month on the last Thursday of the month at the Yelm Community Center. In 2018, volunteers from Love Abounds Here were led by Suzie to take the annual Point in Time Homeless Census. As the Founder of Love Abounds Here, Suzie has been invaluable to helping Love Abounds Here do the work they do with their houseless neighbors in Yelm.
Director, Debra Larson
Our Director, Deb Larson, is committed to the overall leadership and management of Love Abounds Here. Since 2016, Deb has worked with this charity to bring us together as a team and grow this organization. She has been active in the homeless community carrying out Point in Time surveys and other research since 2011. As Personnel Management from 1984 to 2000, Larson was Manager of Classification and Pay for the State of Alaska and a Personnel Manager for Classification and Compensation in Portland Oregon for the County. She handled budgets and negotiated the implementation of large studies of job classifications costing from half a million to 20 million dollars. In the 1980s Deb worked in Education doing research and development of innovative programs and curriculum. She brings a great deal of program development, grant writing and management experience to Love Abounds Here. We know she will do her best to help the many unhoused neighbors here in Yelm and surrounding areas.