HJ950: Commending Evelyn Bethel and Helen Davis.


HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 950
Commending Mary's Shelter.

 

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 17, 2017
Agreed to by the Senate, February 22, 2017

 

WHEREAS, for 10 years, Mary’s Shelter in Fredericksburg has helped women and their children achieve stable, independent living by providing transitional housing, career and life-skills training, and mentorship; and

WHEREAS, founded in 2006 by Kathleen Wilson, Theresa Rousseau, Mark Rousseau, and Chris Taraschke, Mary’s Shelter began as a two-room apartment where women could find a safe place to call home while working to further their education or secure a career; and

WHEREAS, Mary’s Shelter has grown into a community of group homes in downtown Fredericksburg that have served more than 200 women and hundreds of children; women can live in a Mary’s Shelter home for up to three years and receive in-house parenting and life-skills classes, as well as one-on-one mentorship; and

WHEREAS, Mary’s Shelter provides employment, financial, and mental health resources, as well as clothing and other everyday items, to allow residents to focus on building a stronger future for themselves and their families; and

WHEREAS, Mary’s Shelter works to break the generational cycle of domestic violence and strives to provide a supportive environment for women with substance abuse issues to overcome their addictions; and

WHEREAS, Mary’s Shelter has succeeded in its benevolent mission thanks to the hard work of its many volunteers and countless generous donations from churches and community partners; and

WHEREAS, Mary’s Shelter commemorated its 10th anniversary with a special celebration at the Fredericksburg Expo Center on August 13, 2016; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend Mary’s Shelter for its compassionate service to women and children in Fredericksburg on the occasion of its 10th anniversary; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Mary’s Shelter as an expression of the General Assembly’s admiration for the organization’s work to provide safety and stability for members of the community in need.

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 950

Offered February 13, 2019
Commending Evelyn Bethel and Helen Davis.
Patron-- Rasoul

WHEREAS, Evelyn Bethel and Helen Davis, sisters in the Gainsboro neighborhood of Roanoke, have dedicated their lives to the protection of the area’s historic resources and the preservation of its unique community spirit; and

WHEREAS, Evelyn Bethel and Helen Davis founded Historic Gainsboro, Inc., which helped register the Gainsboro Branch of the Roanoke City Public Library on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places; and

WHEREAS, Evelyn Bethel and Helen Davis facilitated Operation Rebirth, which moved and rehabilitated historic homes to prevent demolition, and published a brochure on the significance of Gainsboro as Roanoke’s oldest community; and

WHEREAS, a guiding presence at every Roanoke City Council meeting, Evelyn Bethel and Helen Davis strive to lead by example when it comes to civic engagement and community service; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend Evelyn Bethel and Helen Davis for their work as historic preservationists and community leaders; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Evelyn Bethel and Helen Davis as an expression of the General Assembly’s admiration for their contributions to the Gainsboro neighborhood in central Roanoke.