Betty DeForest, Director Emeritus

Betty DeForest smiling into the camera while cutting a cake

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.

4 Replies to “Betty DeForest, Director Emeritus”

  1. Betty will be greatly missed. My family has known her since our son went to Eden Youth Center for tutoring and our lives have crossed many times since most recently at the Food Bank after my husband lost his job. She will leave a large hole in the communtiy. God Bless You Betty….Rest in Peace dear lady.

  2. Oh my Lord Jesus No! Mrs. Betty was an inspiration to me I learned so much from her. This is so sad. Yes please continue to serving the community and letting her dreams stay alive. She gave me my first office space for my We Rock With Talent Youth’s. I will be out there next week to see you all at SHP

  3. Betty provided roots and wings for so many of us who were honored to have walked a bit with her. She recently reminded us of one of her favorite quotes, “When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly.” (by Patrick Overton) God bless our teacher and friend.

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