Erin Goseer Mitchell retired from Chicago Public Schools in 1994 after a 38-year career as an educator. The first year of her retirement she spent watching morning TV shows, lounging around, sipping tea, and looking out her living room window. She found purpose helping a sick friend with her chores and doctors’ visits, but after her friend’s death, Erin found that lounging and watching TV were no longer satisfying.
After retiring from CPS in 2007 after a wonderful 17 years of teaching English at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, Dory Domanowski took some time to sit back and enjoy reading, woodworking, knitting, and spending time with family. She even became a volunteer driver for the Ageing and Disability Resource Center, but wanted to do more. Like many retirees, travel was on her retirement bucket list, but she also wanted to travel with a sense of purpose.