Board Member Moves On but Says Hospitality House Made a Real Difference in her Life

Liz Martel

Liz Martel, Board Member from Southminster Presbyterian Church, has served on the Hospitality House Board for four years.  She became a Board Member from her church after working for 33 years for the phone company.   While friends from her church thought this would be the perfect thing for her after retirement, little did she know what an impact it would have on her life.

Southminster Presbyterian Church, a founding member and long-time supporter of Hospitality House, has always encouraged its congregation to be involved in the mission of Hospitality House.   While still working, Liz raised quite a bit of money one year to benefit the women of Hospitality House for their annual ‘Walk for the Women’ fundraiser.  Being a Board Member brought Liz into more contact with the women of Hospitality House.  Over the last several years, she has spent many hours preparing meals, serving as an overnight chaperone on the weekend and by working in the office.

Liz came to love the women as they shared their stories and challenges with her.  She loves spending time with them and really believes that by sharing and listening to others she has gained confidence and found personal strength.  Her wish is that Hospitality House will grow to best serve the homeless women and children in the community.

Liz currently serves as a deacon in her church and prepares lunches for the handyperson group at her church on the days they work. She provides ongoing in-home care for two elderly people which she sees as another blessing in her life.