Jefferson Awards: Beery called to serve children


By Josh Ellerbrock - jellerbrock@limanews.com



Bev Beery prepares a pull-out bed used by Family Promise residents who work night shifts. The center hosts homeless families during the day, and local churches partnered with the organization host them at night.

Bev Beery prepares a pull-out bed used by Family Promise residents who work night shifts. The center hosts homeless families during the day, and local churches partnered with the organization host them at night.


The Jefferson Awards is sponsored by The Lima News, Your Hometown Lima Stations, the United Way of Greater Lima and Husky Energy. Eight winners were selected from the entries. One of the eight winners will be chosen March 27 to attend the national Jefferson Awards banquet, held in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, March 14: Terri Beasley

Today: Bev Beery

Friday, March 16: Lynda Best

Monday, March 19: Earl Lhamon

Tuesday, March 20: Dave Roznowski

Wednesday, March 21: Bill Roeder and Jack Rex

Thursday, March 22: Rachael and Cameron Staley

Friday, March 23: Deborah Zwez

LIMA — For 2018 Jefferson Award winner Bev Beery, her concern has always been helping children. From volunteering at Heartbeat to mentoring students in Lima City Schools to fundraising for Family Promise of Lima-Allen County, she has kept children in the forefront of her service to the community.

Beery’s lifelong dedication to children began at 29 when she was hospitalized with West Nile Virus and had a near-death experience. She said at that time, a figure dressed in white visited her bedside as she floated above her body.

“I wasn’t supposed to live,” Beery said. “God healed me. He spared my life. So I owe him a lot.”

It was then she decided to spend the rest of her life in servitude. Today, she is active with Kiwanis Club of Lima, Young Life Allen County, Trinity United Methodist Church, Lima City Schools mentorship programs, Heartbeat of Lima and the Senior Citizens Services.

The organization closest to her heart, however, is Family Promise, a homeless shelter in the heart of Lima that works with 13-area churches to provide a place for homeless families as they work toward getting back on their feet.

“Bev is just a very very compassionate outgoing person,” Marlene Schumaker, Family Promise board member and friend of Beery, said. “She wants to help everyone, but her true function in life is to help children. … That’s one of the things I see in her that I don’t see in other people. A child needs someone who believes in them. It’s the only way they’re going to gain confidence.”

Unlike other homeless shelters in the area that tend to serve certain populations, Family Promise aims to keep a homeless family together as it moves toward financial stability.

The organization works by hosting families at its downtown location during the day and driving them to one of 13 churches at night to eat and sleep. Russ Thomas, executive director of Family Promise, also coordinates with nonprofit and governmental agencies to ensure family members get what’s necessary for them to succeed on their own.

Thomas also nominated Beery for the 2018 Jefferson Award.

“She does things, and I don’t even ask. That shows how much she cares about Family Promise,” he said.

Thomas said when he first met Beery, he saw her multiple times throughout the day and later on television. He figured either she had cloned herself, or she was very active throughout the community.

Beery’s latest accomplishment has been fundraising over $40,000 for Family Promise to eliminate the burdens a state grant puts on the organization, which she does by talking one-on-one with some of her insurance clients about its goals. Most people, she said are willing to give when she brings up how Family Promise helps children.

“I think everything I do is all about the kids,” Beery said.

Bev Beery prepares a pull-out bed used by Family Promise residents who work night shifts. The center hosts homeless families during the day, and local churches partnered with the organization host them at night.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/03/web1_JeffersonBeeryBev.jpgBev Beery prepares a pull-out bed used by Family Promise residents who work night shifts. The center hosts homeless families during the day, and local churches partnered with the organization host them at night.

By Josh Ellerbrock

jellerbrock@limanews.com

The Jefferson Awards is sponsored by The Lima News, Your Hometown Lima Stations, the United Way of Greater Lima and Husky Energy. Eight winners were selected from the entries. One of the eight winners will be chosen March 27 to attend the national Jefferson Awards banquet, held in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, March 14: Terri Beasley

Today: Bev Beery

Friday, March 16: Lynda Best

Monday, March 19: Earl Lhamon

Tuesday, March 20: Dave Roznowski

Wednesday, March 21: Bill Roeder and Jack Rex

Thursday, March 22: Rachael and Cameron Staley

Friday, March 23: Deborah Zwez

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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