after taking a job at Texas Instruments. She has been a pillar of the West Dallas community since 1972. Ms. Miles frequently championed causes for the community including street lights, bus stops, and speed bumps on neighborhood streets. She served as block captain of her street and supported activities such as neighborhood clean-ups.
Her volunteering and service didn’t stop there. She has been an active member of her church, The Ark in Oak Cliff and of course she is a cherished part of the Voice of Hope family. Ms. Miles volunteered in the kitchen at Voice of Hope and cooked meals for the children. Each day she and others from the community would spend at least 3 hours every day preparing the afternoon snacks and dinners for the scholars.
Marilyn enjoyed serving the children and working alongside others in her community. She said that she would often meet people at Voice of Hope that lived just down the street, but she had never seen them until they met while in the kitchen or in one of the classes or Bible Studies.
Oh yes, she didn’t stop at the cooking, she was also an integral part of the sewing classes and the now Seniors Bible study that is held each Thursday at Voice of Hope. The day we spoke, she was with her god-daughter who still has one of the quilts Ms. Miles made for her while in one of the sewing classes.
Ms. Miles now is “taking it easy,” she says just caring for her grandchildren, spending time with her god-daughter, Robin, attending Bible Study and helping at her church. At 84 years young, she is a force. She enjoys helping some of the other seniors with sewing projects and is looking forward to the Fall Festival at Voice of Hope. The festival is one of her favorite events and she can’t wait to play bingo with her friends from the community and, of course winning the prizes is fun too
Stories of Hope
Voice of Hope is proud to share a series of stories through this year that will tell the history of Voice of Hope and what a tremendous impact your support has had in the community and so many lives.