A simple degree in Criminal Justice was one thing... but four years as a state social worker with Child Protective Services, riding around with State Police, rescuing children and trying to reunite them with parents living difficult lives... showed enough trauma and heartbreak for a lifetime.
So Marianne Voight spent the next few decades in the business world, earning a MBA and specializing in sales and marketing of telecommunications products and services.
She adopted two traumatized children from Russian orphanages and soon after co-founded a support/educational group of 150 "Adoptive Moms of Challenging Children". She hosted their monthly meetings for ten years in the Washington, DC area. In helping her own children and mentoring these families she was brought back into the areas of criminal justice, mental health, learning disabilities, institutions, treatment and multi-generational trauma.
Recently, at Bend, Oregon's 100-bed homeless shelter, Marianne managed the front desk twice a week and was Lead Volunteer Trainer. She grew to know the personal stories of the homeless men, women, teens, and children who were working to pull their lives together. A good number had incarceration in their family histories. In Bend she received 40 hours of training from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
She sometimes thinks of Earl, a big, bald 50-year old man in Bend, whose many scars and tattoos told the story of a person who had lived a "rough life", including addiction and imprisonment. He had charm, wit, and gumption. She wants Earl and others like him to find lives of peace and success.
Just before Christmas 2017 Marianne moved to Newberg to be near her husband's 18 extraordinarily nice relatives in the area. She has plunged into front desk work at the local food bank, marketing for a youth group home, and assisting the local addiction/housing ministry. She is Head Chef at Newberg's Community Dinner two Mondays per month. In 2018 Marianne started a charity making 50 mini-bouquets per month for Meals on Wheels and nursing home recipients. For more fun she swims religiously, helps her small church, and makes crazy pottery pieces every Tuesday morning at the Cultural Center.