Casey Doran, a dedicated volunteer and advocate for the local homeless community, died Dec. 4 after a long battle with cancer, Safe Space Winter Shelter announced via social media.
Doran, 67, was a shelter operations manager at Safe Space and a member of the organization’s board of directors. She also volunteered with the Torres Community Shelter for many years and worked with foster children, according to fellow Safe Space board member Siana Sonoquie.
Doran (pictured) was known by shelter guests and those she volunteered and worked alongside for her tireless work, passion for helping and often outrageous sense of humor.
“Casey was a force of love that shook you in your boots, unwavering and unfiltered—always,” said Marin Hambley, also with Safe Space.
“Some people are funny, foul-mouthed and beautiful,” social worker Autumn Brock said in a Facebook tribute. “They make everyone automatically feel comfortable and safe in their presence. Casey had the best laugh in the world.”
“Casey was a genuinely open-hearted person,” said fellow Safe Space board member Susan Wilson. “Her love and energy resounded throughout the community to the end. Such an unspeakable loss to humanity … and what a gift to have known her.”
No memorial had been announced as of press time.