Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Beverly moved with her family out West around the age of 4. After her father secured a position as a ship builder in the Richmond shipyard, the family was forced to live in public housing because that was the norm for people of color at that time. Many military housing units were vacated after the war and since only Caucasians were allowed to rent or purchase property in the area, former military housing became the places where people of African American, Asian, and Hispanic descent were allowed to move. As time went on and things eventually started to change the family was able to move and settle long term in Berkeley. Beverly’s father always stressed the importance of a good education. Beverly and her siblings took her father’s words to heart and each worked hard and obtained many degrees among them. Beverly received several degrees, one in Accounting,then as a Registered Health Information Technician and continued on to obtain a Registered Health Information Administrator. This led to many interesting and fulfilling positions at Mt. Zion Hospital, East Bay Activity Center, Cetus Clinical Research, Planned Parenthood, Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group, the California Medical Association, and finally the Masonic Home in Union City, from where she retired for good (almost) in 2013. They asked her to come back and prepare the agency for their Medi-Cal/Medicare License Review, which she did. In addition to her professional career, Beverly has always made time to volunteer, which she says enriches her life. She discovered this as a young woman, volunteering as a Candy Striper, which led her to Lifeguard for the Red Cross “Summer Learn to Swim” Program, California’s Nursing Home Ombudsman Program, and Hospice. For over two years now, Beverly has been a volunteer driver on route 19 in Hayward for SOS Meals on Wheels and also volunteered until recently as a hospice worker. In addition to gifting SOS Meals on Wheels with her time, she has also been very generous in donating money to help support our mission of providing nutritious meals and a friendly moment of human connection that allows our seniors to remain independent in their homes for as long as safely possible. People like Beverly strengthen communities, touching lives along the way and restoring our faith in humanity. Beverly Parks, SOS Meals on Wheels is so fortunate to have you in our fold. Thank you!