Gold Medal Giver: Paula Houston

By Jade Cunningham |

Published 07/27 2014 09:36PM

Updated 07/27 2014 10:42PM

The Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission brings new beginnings to residents.

They have their volunteers to help make it possible.

"I love what the Rescue Mission does as far as helping people that are homeless and providing ways for them to come out of that homelessness," said volunteer Paula Houston.

Houston helps give hope.

"I teach a class every week," said Houston. "It's a class that helps these women understand about their relationship with God and how important that is and how to deepen that relationship."

The classes are small, between 4-10 people.

However, for everyone there, it's a step in the right direction.

"She was my teacher, she became my mentor, and after I finished my class, she became my friend," said Flora Garby.

Garby is a former student of Houston's and says her work is priceless.

"It's important to have someone like that come in mainly because they're doing it from the heart," said Garby. "When I was down, and didn't know where to turn, Paula was there to lift me up spiritually, mentally, and I appreciate that."

Those at the Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission are also proud of Houston, which is why she is this week's Gold Medal Giver.

"I'm always glad I'm here because the women, the hope they have and the enthusiasm they have about what they're getting here just inspires me to want to come back," said Houston.

Paula isn't just a teacher, she's also a mentor and serves meals.

If you'd like to nominate a Gold Medal Giver, send their name and where they volunteer to NBC 6's Jade Cunningham, at 

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