We can’t truly express how proud we are of our very own Charmaine Smith – director at our Family Residence transitional living facility – for being honored, this year, as the ‘2012 Maximum Mom’ award recipient by Houston Woman Magazine! Charmaine was nominated and selected for this prestigious recognition because, as the publication puts it, she is a “woman who possesses a strong moral character and serves as a role model for those in her care.” We couldn’t agree more if we tried!
Here’s a little snippet from the article about Charmaine:
Smith joined the Salvation Army in 1976 when she married her husband Fred, the son of Salvation Army officers. Living and working in various positions with the Salvation Army, she and her husband embraced its mission to serve those less fortunate.
In 1985, with their five-year-old daughter in tow, they moved back to Houston, Charmaine’s hometown, and into the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center where they still live. She began as the Casework Coordinator at the Family Residence. She served in this capacity until 1997 when she became director of the facility.
“We’re dealing with every kind of person, from a variety of backgrounds and cultures,” Smith said. “We’ve seen miraculous turnarounds, and others look you in the eye and say you haven’t done one thing for me. We just say the Serenity Prayer, and do what we can do.”
“It’s all about faith and believing I’m doing a good thing. It’s not based on emotion. It’s a commitment,” she added.
Please read the full article at HoustonWomanMagazine.com.