One local man has spent every Monday for the past three and a half years cooking food and serving the homeless of Houston at The Beacon Day Center. Because of his dedicated volunteerism, The Buckingham senior living community is recognizing George Clouette as the second recipient of The Buckingham 2011 Salute to Seniors Award. Cydney Cameron, community outreach coordinator for The Beacon, nominated Clouette for the honor.
“Mr. Clouette has been volunteering at The Beacon since 2007 and has volunteered over 547 hours,” said Cameron. “He treats our clients with the respect and dignity they deserve, always greeting them with a smile on his face. We are delighted to have him as a volunteer!”
The Buckingham Salute to Seniors Award is presented quarterly to honor an individual who is making a difference in their community. Qualified nominees are active adults age 62 and above who volunteer their time and talents to their communities, and who also exemplify leadership, spirit, and citizenship.
“Mr. Clouette is such a reliable and consistent volunteer,” said Cathy Lightfoot, director of sales and marketing at The Buckingham. “He spends every Monday preparing and serving food at The Beacon. We are so thankful for Mr. Clouette and the service he provides to the homeless in our community.”
After retiring from Lockheed Martin after 30 years, Clouette decided he was going to do as much volunteer work as he could. He originally volunteered with organizations in Brenham, but he moved to Houston in 2005 and began attending Christ Church Cathedral, where he met Father McGill, one of the founders of The Beacon. Clouette began volunteering with The Beacon one month after they opened in 2007, and has been helping the organization ever since.
Clouette, 73, has always enjoyed cooking and decided the kitchen would be the best place for him to serve. He enjoys helping prepare the meals and then works as line monitor when it comes time to serve the food.
“I sort of committed myself. I didn’t really know how much I’d like it when I said I’d do it,” said Clouette. “It’s been great. When you get to know somebody, they begin to open up and you have a way that you might be able to influence their lives. They have surely influenced mine. It’s really important to me to help these people that have sort of been case aside. Some of them really respond well, and it’s really rewarding when you hear of somebody that’s moved on because of the program.”
When he’s not volunteering, Clouette enjoys spending time with his wife of 54 years and with his grandchildren. He attends Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal Church in downtown Houston.
Since January 2007, The Beacon Day Center has been providing hot meals, clothing, private shower and lavatory facilities, laundry services and case management to people living on the streets of Houston. The case management provided at The Beacon helps individuals access services that can assist them in addressing the root causes of their homelessness and begin the process of moving off the streets and becoming self-sufficient. For more information visit www.BEACONhomeless.org.
ABOUT THE BUCKINGHAM
The Buckingham is Houston’s premier life care senior living community located in the Memorial neighborhood. Situated on a 17-acre site along Buffalo Bayou at 8580 Woodway Drive, The Buckingham offers resort-style services and amenities for active, independent seniors, as well as all levels of health care services on-site at The Plaza at The Buckingham. The community features 205 independent living residences; 43 private assisted living apartments; 16 private memory support apartments; and 60 private skilled nursing suites.
The Buckingham is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities Edgemere in Dallas, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, The Stayton at Museum Way under construction in Fort Worth, and Mirador under construction in Corpus Christi. For information visit www.buckinghamhouston.com, or call (832) 426-1372.