A Huge Thank You to Mr. Woods

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein.

These days, successful people tend to get more out of life than they put in. But a person of value will give more than they receive.

Longtime Peninsula Family Service (PFS) Peer Counselor Charles Woods recently retired from volunteering after 10 years of service where he had a positive impact on dozens of older adults. Originally born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Woods moved to Foster City in the 80s, met his wife, had two sons, and has lived on the peninsula ever since. After a successful career as a . Once retired from the private sector, Mr. Woods joined PFS as a volunteer older adult Peer Counselor. Even with no prior experience working with older adults, he saw this as an opportunity to invoke change and ensure all groups were treated fairly and respectfully. Once he was a trained volunteer, he grew his knowledge and understanding of the people he counseled over 10 years. He led with integrity and finished his tenure as a primary Peer Counselor group facilitator at Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center.

Mr. Woods has a passion for reading, photography, and music. He enjoys jazz music, including the smooth sounds of the great saxophonist John Coltrane as well as other influential artists. From his trips to the bookmobile and summer reading lists growing up as a kid, books have always been of interest to Mr. Woods, with his favorite author being Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson. His love of literature combined with his love of photography has led Mr. Woods to become an author himself, currently working on a photo memoir of his life. These beloved photos tell a story and remind him of the ‘blessed’ life he has had.

We thank Mr. Woods for his dedication over the past 10 years and wish him the best in the next chapter.