Becky Trent, Valrico Florida: Becky founded B Encouraged Freedom Ministries, Inc. to help women in crisis in her community get back on their feet. With the support from friends, volunteers and several Churches, Becky counsels women fighting addictions or who are just coming out of prison. She is in the process of constructing a shelter that can be a center offering services and information to help the women find employment and become self-sufficient.
Sister Lorraine Ryan, Boca Raton, Florida: Sister Lorraine Ryan is a one-woman crusader for her community. If she isn’t busy offering workshops at Women’s Circle then she is tending to plots in her city’s community gardens. Her Women’s Circle group offers free health screenings and support group meetings such as parenting, career options, and financial planning. Her community knows if there is a need for something Sister Ryan will find a way to address it.
Katie Alberts, Tampa Florida: Katie is a 16-year old that heard about a group at her church that was trying to raise money to buy blankets for African children suffering from AIDS. Katie organized Quilts for Kids in Africa. With her army of friends and volunteers, they assembled more than 20 quilts for children in Zambia. Katie was able to deliver her quilts this past summer when she traveled to Africa with some of her classmates from school. In addition to the quilt project, Katie also volunteers at Creative Kids Count.