|Honoree’s Name: Rebecca Gipson
Award Category: Hunger & Homelessness
Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:
Becky has been a part of the Human Options family for 8 years. She is an elementary school teacher and every Tuesday after school, she comes and assists survivors of intimate partner violence at our emergency shelter and answers hotline calls. She has consistently done this week after week and we are so grateful for her dependability. During the beginning of Covid, we put a pause on all volunteers for safety reasons. Becky stayed in touch with us during this time and let us know she was ready to return as soon as volunteers were allowed back. When the time came, Becky was the first person we called. Her consistent presence affords our staff the ability to meet on a weekly basis without interruptions as Becky answers all the calls. Most importantly, Becky has helped countless people experiencing abuse by listening to them, validating and extending empathy, linking them to resources, completing screenings, and assisting them to come into shelter.