What I like most is that the work we do helps people in substantive and practical ways.
Carolyn grew up in Indiana where she graduated from Indiana University. She enjoyed a lengthy career in retail as a merchandise manager. Carolyn and her husband Gus fell in love with South Carolina after they went to visit Gus's golfing partner on a vacation. They moved there after they retired, and they haven't looked back. Gus, who had a career as an independent manufacturer's representative, will join Carolyn on the cruise.
Carolyn loves volunteering, and she likes things with a practical edge. She has long worked with Habitat for Humanity where she initially helped out at the Habitat Restore. She then helped build houses. While Carolyn never shies away from getting her hands dirty, her duties have also been executive in large part. Once the people she worked with became aware of her many skills, they asked her to serve on the Board of Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity.
The charity that is perhaps closest to Carolyn's heart is called Family Promise. Carolyn helped start Family Promise of Beaufort County and has served as President of the Board of Trustees for the last three years. Family Promise works with homeless families and partners with local churches and social service organizations to get families back on their feet. This means they provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling, day care, resumé and interview skill services, and a bundle of other skills to help these families find sustainable employment and learn to fend for themselves. Their results are remarkable as 83% of the families they have helped have done exactly that. They have developed the work ethic and life skills to earn their own way in the world. These families have broken the cycle of poverty and earned the dignity that comes from making a living on their own. As Carolyn says, "If families really want to help themselves, then we stand ready to give them a hand up. It's a great joy to see them succeed time and time again."
Carolyn is also involved at her church, Lord of Life Lutheran, where she has served on numerous committees and as president of the church council for two years.