Delores Green spends her time helping others. (Courtesy photo)
For Black History Month, the AFRO presents a series of articles highlighting important local heroes from the community. This week we sit with Delores Green, an Annapolis native who has been helping others since she was a teenager.
Delores Green, a native of Annapolis, has been running things when it comes to helping out in her community far longer than she can remember. Ever since the 75-year-old’s high school years, she’s always found a way to help out in her hometown of Skidmore Annapolis.
Green’s love for the community began with caring for the elderly. During her teenage years she put her beautician skills to the test by styling seniors hair in their homes. She was known as “the beautician on wheels.”
Green has been involved with numerous organizations including; Department of Recreation Parks; Mixed Community Club; The Maryland Classified Employees Action; and many more. She has always wanted to be a part of making Annapolis a place of engagement. She’s touched lives of children and families at her church, Asbury Broadneck United Methodist as well as individuals in dire need for help. She is even the one doing most of the cooking when it comes to family and church events.
“Sometimes people would say they’ll want something done but they don’t want to do it and so you know…you’ll think, well god we need a new road, we need this we need that,” Green said. “I just started it when my kids were younger, just doing stuff. I just wanted to help people.”
Green has been married for 58 years to Thomas Green. She has three children: Kim, Rosalyn, and Rodney.
Now that Green is retired, she spends her downtime caring for the needs of others. While doing this, the idea for S.P.A.R.S (Seventy Plus Active Responsive Seniors) was born in 2006.
Green, and her friend Terry Morris, took a proposal to their church that would create a way for seniors to still be involved while not attending church services.
“We just wanted to get them out of the house,” Green said. “Get them going, and keep them going.”
There are over 20 members who all range between the ages 70 and up. Green felt it was necessary to cater to older seniors who have more difficult times than other seniors who are younger than them because they are the ones who need it most. “S.P.A.R.S. is something that was real important to us because it singled out the younger people that 55 and older is you know, like seniors,” Green said.
Green references her mother’s (who passed in 2011) outgoing personality, even as she got older. Her mom never was a person who would just want to sit in the house. “She was never satisfied with sitting still,” Green said. “She was always trying to go somewhere all the time. That’s how I wanted to do S.P.A.R.S.”
These 70 and older seniors are involved in monthly activities that are done mainly outside of the church like shopping trips, eating out at restaurants, even doctors appointments. Green even helps them with their social security paper-work. The activities held within their church are Christmas parties, and mini gala’s where they give away small gifts to all of the seniors to make them feel special.
“With this S.P.A.R.S committee, if they just need something, like we tell them if you need us to go to the store, you need us to clean up, whatever you need us to do,” Green said.
Green may have the power and strength to do “whatever” she can for the seniors, but she still has to take care of her own needs and knows that she is beginning to slow down with all that she’s done for over 60 years.
“We need to be sitting back and letting our younger generation do the stuff that we’re doing,” Green said. “I don’t know if they’ll do it. Most of the children are still working so they can’t really do the stuff that we do.”
Green also said: “Only thing I can do is just start asking. We’re just going to have to ask.”
This year will mark the S.P.A.R.S 10th year anniversary. Green and Morris hope to continue gaining more members in 2016 and beyond as they continue to put up flyers in their community of Annapolis.
When Green can finally get some time to herself and away from her hometown near Sandy Point, she sees herself traveling.
“I really want to do some traveling.” Green said.