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Everyday Hero: Beckey Hays

Beckey Hays loves her job.

It’s an easy love developed from a passion for those she helps.

As director of social services at Jackson Manor, she is the only semblance of family for some residents, but an advocate for them all.

“I've always had a love for the elderly. Still do to this day," said Beckey Hays.

Beckey Hays started taking care of people at a young age.

After getting married, she had her first child at just 16 years old.

“It changed me a lot because it was a big, big responsibility at 16 years old I had to grow up quick," she said.

She had to put her dreams on the back burner to raise her two children, but she never forgot them.

“I just kept thinking in my mind. I want to be something. I want to be something. And I just never gave up," said Beckey.

She gradually moved her way up from working two jobs as a waitress to becoming a Certified Nurse Aid, and later continuing her education at Southeast Missouri State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social work.

“I’m proud of myself because I know I hit the goal that I wanted in life," Beckey said. "I mean it may have taken me longer than most people, but I’m 52 years old and I’m proud to tell you I’m 52. But I’ve come a long way from when I was 16 years old and I’ve done a lot in life that I’m proud of.”

That goal is being a voice for the elderly.

“Actually I’m really soft hearted. I kind of feel like they need an advocate. A lot of them do. Cause there’s a lot of them that don’t have family members. Someone that can speak up for them, talk for them," she said.

So she does.

She knows every one of the 65 residents by name and accompanies many of them to doctor’s appointments and other errands.

But more important than any paperwork could convey is the personal history she’s created with each one.

“It makes me feel really good," Beckey said. "I think it’s really rewarding. It’s a rewarding position and I think a lot of them really appreciate the help that they get from me.

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We'll profile an Everyday Hero each month on Heartland News and all of our heroes will be honored at the annual Red Cross recognition luncheon.

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