Hello Thomas!

by Natalia Dutt, NHT AmeriCorps Member

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Hi all, as you may have read in last month's newsletter our previous AmeriCorps member Katie Teems finished her year of service with New Historic Thomas. Her dedication for the community has left a lasting impact. She is leaving her position behind with big shoes to fill. That's where I come in! My name is Natalia Dutt and I am the newest AmeriCorps member serving New Historic Thomas and this amazing city for the upcoming year. I am so excited to serve and become a part of this wonderful community to the best of my ability. 

When I accepted the position with New Historic Thomas I must admit, I knew very little about this community. I knew it was small and in the middle of the mountains and that about sums it up. I am the type of person who follows their gut and moves wherever it seems right at that moment in time. For me, that was Thomas. When I got off the phone with Emily after my interview I knew this was it. Her energy and passion for the city made me that much more excited for the prospect of moving here for the year. When I was offered the position I did not hesitate one bit to accept.

To give you a bit of insight into who I am: I hail from a small town in rural Ohio with dreams of getting out. I wanted to explore every inch of the world before settling down and calling someplace permanent “home.” After graduating college I decided to hit the road and moved to places like Hawaii, Ireland, and North Carolina. I loved the prospect of creating a new tribe each place I moved and trying something completely different with each new home. I never really stayed longer than 6 months in each place. I constantly got the itch to move and try something new. So the idea of staying somewhere for a year is a little terrifying, but I’m excited for the challenge!

I was drawn to Thomas because of the collaboration of art, nature, and history. I love the idea of walking down the street and knowing everyone you pass. I love being able to drive only a couple of minutes and be surrounded by nature whose beauty is almost intimidating. I love knowing there is a community around who have your best interest at heart. I love being in an area where outdoor recreation is so prominent (be on the lookout for a complete beginner falling on all of the bike trails.) I think my year in Thomas is going to be one of my favorite destinations. I cannot wait to get to know and work with each of you in some capacity. Over the next few weeks I am going to try and introduce myself to all of you, so don’t be alarmed when a complete stranger comes up to you looking eager to make friends! If you have any advice of a MUST do in the Tucker County area I’d love to know. If there is anything you would like to see improved over the course of the year I am all ears! I cannot wait to get this year rolling and serve the city of Thomas to the best of my ability!