This past weekend South Hayward Parish was rocked to its core. We received the terrible news that we lost our beloved director Betty DeForest. Betty was not simply the authority figure for our organization. She was a friend, confidant, and a part of our families. Betty was a beautiful soul who committed herself to fight the social injustices in our community. For many years she fought on behalf of those who felt they had no voice. Regardless of what the situation entailed, she was there either offering assistance or advocating for a solution. She provided not only protection and wisdom, but also an environment that was free of judgement.
South Hayward Parish would not be the organization we are today without the love, hard work, and dedication of Betty DeForest. We will grieve the loss of Betty along with her family, friends, and the community she compassionately served. Although we have a large hole in our organization without her, we will continue her fight for the many causes she stood for. If we can provide a fraction of her devotion and strength, she will be proud.
We will honor Betty the best way we can by preserving and continuing to follow our mission to build and maintain a just and nurturing community for everyone. We will remember her motto to “Stand with the disposables so that one day we will stop throwing people away”. If anyone is interested in coming by the office for a tour about her work or to honor her memory through volunteering, feel free to contact us at (510)785-3663.