Special delivery of 97 roses to a woman in Salt Lake City


SALT LAKE CITY — A special delivery of 97 roses has been made to Kathleen Maka at The Inn Between, which provides end-of-life care and respite care for homeless people.

Each rose represents someone Kathleen befriended before they passed away, and the roses were just the beginning of her surprise.

“She is the heart of the Inn Between. She’s been with us from the start,” said Jill Olmsted, Operations Manager of the Inn Between.

Kathleen was among the very first volunteers when the Inn Between opened its doors nearly seven years ago, even helping to paint the walls before patients arrived.

“She is selfless. She gave her whole life to help others,” said Amelia Fairbourn, Kathleen’s daughter.

Fairbourn nominated her mother for a Fox 13 Dream Team surprise, hoping we can honor Kathleen and encourage her to have a night on the town.

“She needs to get out and do something normal, because she’s always there, 24/7,” Fairbourn said.

Kathleen’s friend and fellow volunteer at The Inn Between, Kristiina Rodriguez also told us about one of Kathleen’s passions.

She’s just a rocker at heart! You would never believe it! We went shopping at a thrift store once and found a Santana t-shirt and that’s all she talked about for months,” Rodriguez said.

As the flowers piled up on the reception desk at The Inn Between, Kathleen wondered who they were until Fox 13’s Bob Evans appeared with the last bouquet.

“I don’t believe it,” Kathleen said as she was led into another room where her family and friends, along with Krystalina Brown of Mountain America Credit Union, were waiting.

“I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Santana is coming in June,” Brown said.

“My daughter used to tell me, but I said I couldn’t afford it,” said Kathleen Maka

“Well, you’re going to go to that concert. We’re so excited for you,” Brown said.

“I’m excited too, I love Santana! I will dance all night. I will never stop! Said Kathleen Maka

If you know anyone who could benefit from a visit from the Dream Team, complete the application form. Tell us the story of the person you are nominating, as it might be told on television, and propose a gift.

Sponsored by:

  • Credit Union of Mountain America
  • Woodside Utah Homes
  • Macey’s grocery store
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