In December, Cherry Street’s long time employee, Brenda Torres retired. Brenda has been a part of Cherry Street since June of 1997, through 4 CEOs, buildings bought and sold, but always the mission of the ministry at the heart of everything she did.
As a staff member, Brenda has always been highly esteemed. She has been awarded Cherry Street’s version of employee of the year called The Animal Award. Brenda was also given an award for being a Wall Builder based on the scripture from Nehemiah 4:6.
Brenda has filled many roles as the needs of the ministry has changed. Most recently she was on the volunteer team, shepherding many people. Brenda always spoke with guests and was an encouragement to all.
Brenda has been a great asset to Cherry Street for all of us for many years. As she has cared for the army of volunteers that come through our doors and has connected them to just the right serving area, she has made the Good News of the gospel evident to them all. Her steadfast loyalty to the mission of serving ALL people has been a guiding light for many of us that have worked beside her. She will be greatly missed and yet we celebrate her as she moves to a new stage in her incredible life. – Ann Ebbert, President
Brenda is a prayer warrior. Regardless if you’re family, a friend or a complete stranger, Brenda will stop whatever she’s doing to pray with you.
Some of our volunteers that have gone through some hardships knew they had Brenda to turn to for prayer and wisdom. I’ve seen her be a witness and a friend to many. She truly brought a light to Cherry Street where people needed to see Jesus. I’m glad to have Brenda as a friend. – Susan Graalman, Volunteer Recruitment Manager
Brenda truly embodies what Cherry Street was founded on: a love of God, that is manifested in the way we care for the least in our society. Simply put, she is just a caring, loving woman who serves God, loves people, and has always been supportive. Cherry Street will not be the same without her. – Jim Stansbury, long time volunteer