Jacqueline, a member of John Knox Presbyterian Church in Florissant, has been the Room at the Inn night site coordinator at her congregation for nearly seven years. Her late husband, Roger, served as a driver and all around helper before he passed away two years ago. Other devoted night site volunteers from John Knox Presbyterian Church include Elly Cummings, Pearl Rogers, Jan Mount, Bob Palmer (their faithful driver), Jeremy Jordon, Dale Williams, Barb and Russ Marty and Everett and Marlene Marquadt.
“They are a great team to work with,” says Jacqueline proudly. “The entire congregation is very supportive of the program. The children’s ministry sometimes makes treats for Room clients, the janitor cleans and prepares our fellowship hall, and even the homebound members of the church will bake desserts. I enjoy cooking and I always want Room’s clients to have a warm, home cooked meal when they are with us.”
Jacqueline was nominated for and recently received the Ruby Award from Soroptimist International of Greater St. Louis. Soroptimist means “best for women.” The Ruby Award recognizes women in the community who have, in some way, contributed to women’s issues, social justice matters, or health, and education services for women. She received the award recently at a dinner with more than 300 people in attendance. Friends, neighbors and members of her church surprised Jacqueline by attending this special event in her honor.
As part of this award, Jacqueline received a $300 donation to be given to the charity of her choice. Because of her work as night site coordinator, she chose Room at the Inn.
“The donation is such a kind gesture,” says Program Director Valorie Ferlis. “We truly appreciate Jacqueline’s commitment and generosity to Room. She is a wonderful example of how one person can truly make a difference in their community through volunteerism.”