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Nominated by Wendy G.
Length of Service:
25 hours per month for 3 years
January 23, 2014
At 5' 5', 125 pounds and 72 years old, Beryl isn't the typical Habitat for Humanity volunteer. A secretary by trade, she spent years in an office ... not once dreaming that she could traverse rooftops and swing hammers. But that's what happened.
Emerging from retirement and a recent separation, Beryl needed an outlet, and volunteering seemed like a logical choice. However, she had no idea that this decision to help others would also change her life. What led her to Habitat was a television segment where former first lady Rosalynn Carter was working on a home as part of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
Since then, Beryl regularly volunteers with us and as a construction crew leader, guides volunteers on the construction site. Her contributions have helped build more than 25 homes for Central Florida families. She's overcome fear and physical obstacles - but more importantly, she discovered that helping others change and improve their lives also changed her own.
Her experience has even led her to a building project in Haiti where she met the woman who inspired her, Rosalynn Carter. Sometimes we wish we had duplicates of Beryl! She is a tremendous volunteer to have on our team.
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