In the early 1970’s, when Rose Cooper was a teenager and found herself in desperate need of a safe home, she turned to The Salvation Army’s Evangelina Booth Residence. “They took me in when I was in crisis, and everyone, even the cook, was so very kind to me,” says Rose.
At the home Rose shared a twin room and bathroom. “I was making minimum wage at Eisenstadt Manufacturing, doing office work and weighing out loose diamonds, and the rent took most of my money. But I had a secure place to live and all of my meals. I had everything I needed,” she says.
“I feel like I have come in a complete circle, I can give back, because of what they gave me, I am blessed, and I am who I am, because of what they did,” said Rose.
Rose is a business woman, a mother and a grandmother who has spent her life reaching out to help others. It is not surprising, therefore, that in 2002 she joined the St. Louis Rotary Club where she had the opportunity to work on a wide range of community projects, including programs designed to support the work of The Salvation Army.
In early 2009, Rose became the Club’s president, a formidable achievement. Rose is the second woman to hold that position in the last 100 years.