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Star of the Week – Bethany Ferguson

Bethany Ferguson

Our first ever Star of the Week is from Austin, Texas. Her name is Bethany Ferguson. By day, she works as a project manager for Jauregui Homes, but after hours you will find her making a difference in her community. Bethany has chosen to serve the Austin community through her involvement in CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), and as an organizer for Mobile Loaves and Fishes, where she leads a team to distribute food and clothing to the area homeless population. In addition, she is currently organizing a gala in March for Any Baby Can.

It all began one night at an Art Gallery in Austin as Bethany was visiting with a girl at an awareness event. Twenty minutes later, her new friend was on the podium sharing how she grew up in the foster care system and shared stories of her experience growing up without a family. “Growing up she didn’t have a home at Christmas, or a place to bring her boyfriend home to, or a place where she can seek rest after a long day,” Bethany recalls from the girl’s heart-moving story. My life seemed pretty easy after hearing those stories, and I realized it was time to give back,” Bethany told Star Winar.

Ever since that moment, her life has been different. As a CASA volunteer, Bethany serves as a mentor to a low-income family in East Austin. In this role, she serves as a mentor for a 15 year-old boy, and advises the court process regarding the status of the case; her involvement has a significant impact on the outcome that family’s case. Her mentee, who comes from a family of eight, has a single mom who lives with her boyfriend. One of his sisters is already in jail. Bethany has been able to give strength and direction to the family, taking a broken home and re-building it.

So many people watch the news or see someone on the street and think oh that’s too bad then never think about it again. I was that person for years, thinking the responsibility belonged to someone else,” Bethany admits. Through an unlikely series of events, God changed my heart. Now, I choose to serve my community because one person can make a difference! If someone is going to make a difference in the community, it might as well be me.” She is out in her community making stories of her own and not just watching them on the news at night.
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