Chesapeake, Va. – NewsChannel 3 took action to recognize a local church volunteer who is working hard to change lives across Hampton Roads.
A fellow church member sent us an email about 84-year-old Hortense Clary, so we tracked her down to give her a People Taking Action Award.
We were trying to catch Hortense Clary in action at Bethany Baptist Church in Chesapeake.
Ms. Clary, as she’s known, is the coordinator of a substance abuse program at the church. They were having one of their regular meetings when we went to surprise Clary.
We got permission to be here, but Ms. Clary didn’t know anything about our visit.
At first, she was a little reluctant to step forward.
For 22 years, Ms. Clary has helped run the faith-based substance abuse program. They meet three times a week and it includes one-on-one counseling.
Tammy Givens was hooked on crack and alcohol before meeting Ms. Clary.