Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Community Recognizes Services of Local Non-Profit Manager

lisal berry 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/23/13) - Lisa Berry, Store Manager of the Salvation Army, has been working for the company for five years. However, in May she will be saying good-bye to all her loyal customers and co-workers and be moving off to Texas to be with her husband.
 
“I’ve been here for almost five years, would have been five in June. I just love this job… love this job. I feel like I have been able to accomplish a lot since I’ve been here.” When Lisa first started, there were bags in the corner of the back room from the floor to the ceiling and no organization whatsoever. “I told everyone this would have to be the first thing we will have to take care of. So we got to organizing and over a span of two years, it took us to get rid of the mess,” stated Berry.
 
Lisa’s husband currently works for a food service company that provides food for prisons and in order to be closer to him, she will be moving down to Texas to join him. They were able to sell their home out in the country in just three days and also have been able to find a place where they will be living south of Dallas. “We actually started down there in Texas. My husband was a Corporal in the army for 30 years. I guess since we started out there, we will be ending there. We moved a lot when my husband was in the military. We have also moved several times with his new job. It just goes to show that life’s not set, things change and when things change you just have to roll with it and go on,” Berry also stated.
 
J.L. Graham, News Director of SurfKY News expressed, “I have had the honor of knowing Lisa for some time now, and am honored to have served our community alongside her. I’ve worked with a lot of good people in Hopkins County, but Lisa is one of the best. Hopkins County is losing an angel, but the Staff of SurfKY News truly wishes her the best. We thank you, Lisa, for serving the community, helping those in need, and just being a blessing to everyone. You will be missed, and never forgotten.”
 
Stephanie Pollard will be taking over Lisa’s position after she leaves next month. “Stephanie has been a cashier since I have been here. When I first started she was actually a volunteer while on the k-tap program but then moved into the cashier position. She is trying to move up in the world too and ultimately that’s what we want people to be able to do so they don’t need the assistance anymore. I actually recommended her to the majors next door, to at least give her a chance. She’s excellent. I feel confident leaving everything in her hands. I wouldn’t leave it to her if I didn’t think she couldn’t do it, but she can. She will do a fine job and will learn as she goes. I think it is a blessing I am leaving, so she can have this job. She has struggled and worked really hard in her life and I am glad to give it to her,” expressed Berry.
 
Stephanie Pollard, who will be replacing Lisa expressed, “There is a lot to say that won’t fit into one sentence. I’m trying really hard now not to cry, but she’s been an excellent addition since she has been here. She’s the best manager I have ever had from anywhere I have ever worked. And it’s going to be hard not seeing her every day when I get to work. And she will truly be missed.”

Over the course of the years, dealing with the public has been wonderful but has also had its setbacks. “Dealing with people in the public you have to be able to do that without upsetting someone. You’ve got to have a broad set of shoulders,” said Berry.
 
About 82% of income from the store goes into the building next door to help people in the community. With that money they are able to help someone who needs to pay an electric or gas bill, it helps pay for food and to provide for the soup kitchen. It also helps pay the running expenses, such as those who are on payroll. “This is where the sole amount of our money comes from except for the Christmas money. A lot of people are under the misconception that everyone here are all volunteers,” stated Berry.
 
Kassy Holmes, Social Worker for the Salvation Army expressed, ”Lisa is truly going to be missed. We have held back a lot of tears so far, but it’s eventually going to come out. I’ve worked with Lisa now for five years and I love her to death. She is a hard worker and has been dedicated to the Salvation Army and it’s going to be hard to do it without her. She’s been big help and not just as far as the store but for other things as well. She has big shoes that will have to filled and I am going to miss her tremendously.”
 
With the economy being as it is, things have really progressed in both Hopkins and Muhlenberg Counties. “The income of the store has also come up since we have become more organized. This job has really humbled me. There are a lot of people out there who need so much help. Some because of their own fault. Some who really didn’t have much of a choice and those are the ones we really feel good helping. I’m proud of what I’ve done here in these last five year’s. I wish I didn’t have to go but I do and sometimes life just takes you to different places,” continued Berry.
 
Shala Williams, another co-worker of Lisa’s stated, “She will be greatly missed. She was such a great asset to the community.”

“My most rewarding and favorite memory here, was when we volunteered for the Disaster Relief in Nashville, Tennessee when the Cumberland River flooded. We rode down there in the disaster vehicle for a week. We feed people, we helped them find clothing and we helped with relocating them. You talk about being humbled there. People were coming up to us to eat off a canteen truck alongside the road with debris everywhere because they don’t have anything else or anywhere to go. As a whole with the company, this was my most rewarding experience. Outside of that, I just loved being in the store. I absolutely loved it,” Berry also expressed.
 
SurfKy would like to thank Lisa for all that she has done with the community and we also wish her the best of luck in Texas. We know where ever she may go; she will be able to make a difference.
 
Amber Mena
SurfKY News
Photo Provided by Amber Mena

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

In Other News...

Driver Charged with Murder from June Two Vehicle Fatal Collision

UPDATE: HENDERSON, Ky. (7/31/14) — William Patterson, 42, has been charged with murder in connection with a… Read More

Maceo Woman Charged With Assault

OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/31/14) — A Maceo woman was arrested on charges of second degree assault following a report of a fight… Read More
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 30, 2014 4262

Three Arrested in Muhlenberg as Part of…

in Top Stories by GPD Officer Wes Miller
July 28, 2014 3602

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Being a…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 30, 2014 3535

UPDATE: Waide Responds to Allegations of…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 28, 2014 3126

Madisonville Man Arrested for Endangering…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 2654

Disagreement Over Killing Snake in House…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 28, 2014 3602

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Being a…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 3126

Madisonville Man Arrested for Endangering…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 2654

Disagreement Over Killing Snake in House…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 30, 2014 2077

Murder Charges Filed in Death of Hanson…

in Top Stories by Det. Jonathon Barnes
July 31, 2014 1886

Nortonville Man Accused of Stashing Drugs…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 28, 2014 1407

Zuberer Takes Over at Quarterback for…

in News by Steve LeMaster
July 28, 2014 1259

Dont Miss Out on a Howl of a Good Time

in News by Brittni Bunn
July 28, 2014 1136

Instant Admissions Day is Aug. 1, 2014

in News by Bernie Hale
July 29, 2014 961

Happenings and Meetings - Daviess County

in News by Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau
July 28, 2014 498

Prosecutors Mull Over Whether to Charge…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 30, 2014 4262

Three Arrested in Muhlenberg as Part of…

in Top Stories by GPD Officer Wes Miller
July 30, 2014 2604

UPDATE: Muhlenberg Man, Woman Arrested in…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 28, 2014 1651

Foot Pursuit Ends with Arrest

in Top Stories by Christopher Rogers
July 29, 2014 1605

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 28, 2014 1558

Boys of Broad to Launch Video at Cinema 4

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03