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Volunteer Spotlight: Shirley Steger

Twenty-six years ago, when Shirley Steger married Don and came to live on their farm near Bridgewater, she found life very different from the one she had led in Harford County, Maryland. Now she is about to return to that area just northeast of Baltimore, and she’s very excited.

BRC, on the other hand, is going to really miss this dedicated volunteer who in recent years has been an exceptional manager for our ReRun Shoppe. “I didn’t realize I was the manager until one day when someone said I was. That just sort of happened,” she says.

Over the last 20 years, she has accepted items, sorted and priced them, built displays, and sold whatever they could in three different locations. Her focus has always been making ReRun accessible and user-friendly for residents.

“Shopping is a loved activity, and we have many residents who come to enjoy the shop. It’s exciting to have a resident who comes for the first time and is pleasantly surprised when they find something they like.”

There will be a farewell reception in the ReRun Shoppe on Friday, March 22 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm to give BRC team members, residents, and friends a chance to express gratitude and good wishes.

Shirley has a wonderful family waiting for her. Her son and three daughters, their spouses, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren will become part of her everyday life there. “It will be very different to walk out the front door of my condo and see people, instead of walking out of the farmhouse to meet a cat, dog, or skunk as I do now. But, I’m ready. I want to make this move before I can’t.”

With the help of her children, her new home is almost ready. Sorting, packing and cleaning have been done, and extra things have even been brought to the ReRun Shoppe. March 26th will be her last day at ReRun. We wish her the very, very best in her new home.


To remain eligible for the Home No Matter What Promise, residents must fulfill their obligations in turn as citizens of the BRC community and not give away the resources needed to meet financial obligations to BRC.