Each week Elise and Frank Acree make the 86-mile round trip from their home in Belen New Mexico to Albuquerque OASIS. They volunteer, take classes and enjoy rambles like the “Ditchbank Walks” along the old acequieas that irrigate farms by the Rio Grande.
The people at OASIS are a big part of the draw. “They are a real congenial group,” according to Frank.
“OASIS people are friendly and eager to learn, and they don’t have to have things go their way all the time. They keep their sense of humor,” she says.
Elise keeps her sense of humor at registration, greeting hundreds of people who come to sign up for classes and pitching in to solve problems. Frank keeps things running well in the center – fixing what’s broken, hanging pictures, even crafting a podium.
The Acrees have been Friends of OASIS since 2001, steadily increasing their financial support.
“We get so much out of it,” says Elise. “The classes are intellectually stimulating and fees are inexpensive so it attracts new people. We need to keep it affordable and growing!”