On February 23rd, The Salvation Army had the pleasure of celebrating Shelter Director Joy Hall’s retirement after serving the homeless for 15 years. Joy oversaw the family shelter in Waterbury, which serves about 30 people a day. When asked what she will miss most about the Army, Hall responded “I will miss the children, the officers and employees. They are all so hard working and fabulous.”
Joy reminisced about her favorite memory throughout the years. “Watching the children get homes was the best part of my job,” Joy said. “Having them come back to tell me about their new homes and about all the things they never imagined having like stars on their ceilings or bunk beds was wonderful.”
When her co-workers were asked what they would miss most about having Joy around, one woman stated “I will miss her smile. She loves everyone the same and always sees the good in people.” Another stated, “I remember the times I would go to her and say ‘the sky is falling.’ She helped me to relax, and always had that spiritual substance.” Joy also received many praises for being hard-working, comforting, knowledgeable and humorous.
It goes without saying that Joy was truly a staple in the Waterbury community and will be missed greatly. We thank her for everything she has done for us and for every heart she has touched along the way.