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10/04/05

Community Spirit--Paulette Richardson

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Have you ever felt like you just couldn't go on? Like it would be much easier to give up than start over? We found one woman who could have ended up like that, but her determined spirit has made her an inspiration to the community.

Four years ago, Paulette Richardson was married with four children and pregnant with twins. Out of blue, she says her husband left her for another woman. Eventually she and her children ended up homeless. But with an unshakeable will to succeed, she turned her life around and is capturing the community spirit by helping others.

Richardson and her friend Tammy Torres are delivering cream cheese pies to the Urban Hope Afterschool Program. Monday through Friday, McIntire United Methodist Church opens its doors to students from neighborhood schools. Not only do they get help with their homework, but they also get a hot meal.

And today, that meal included one of Richardson's special cream cheese pies.

"God inspired me and I started writing these recipes," Richardson said. "When I just started I had two, now I have 20."

She donates her pies to after-school programs and homeless shelters, wherever she thinks people can use a little cheer. "I know what it feels like to be homeless and not have anyone to reach out to you," she said. "I wanted to reach out and let them know there's light at the end of the tunnel and we all have hidden talents, so it's up to us to pull them out."

Even today, four years later, as Richardson fills her life with reaching out to others through her tasty donations, she can't forget what she's been through. "I was penniless and poverty stricken. I didn't have anything to give my children but love."

When she put that with a will to succeed, that was more than enough to turn her life around. And at least twice a month, she donates to different programs.

"It is important to give back," she said. "It feels so good to give back to the community."

"I appreciate people like this, because they are in it for the kids," said Nick Richter, director of Urban Hope.

That's why Paulette Richardson is part of the WTOC Community Spirit.

If you'd like her to donate pies to your organization, you can contact her at (912) 272-3872, (912) 238-3745 or paulshad2002@yahoo.com.

Questions or comments concerning WTOC Community Spirit should be directed to Dawn Baker, dbaker@wtoc.com.

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