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Community Builder: LICS Leader works 24/7 to help families in need

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

For more than 30 years, Lexington Interfaith Community Services has worked to help neighbors in crisis. But for the last five years, one woman has led that effort in a way that others say is simply inspiring.

"She's been woken up many nights to help people get stabilized because she truly believes that this is what you do," Anna Smith, who works with Robin Bowers at LICS, said. "It’s not just your job, it is part of who you are."

While Bowers is executive director of LICS by day, it's not a hat she takes off at night.

"We’re just blessed and very fortunate that Mrs. Bowers has given us her cell phone to personally call her when those needs arise at 2 or 3 in the morning, and we've got a family broken down on the side of the road that have very limited funding, and they're needing a place to stay,” Lexington County Sheriff's Department Capt. Mark Jones said.

From those emergency situations to the everyday needs that never stop, Bowers leads the charge for more than 875 volunteers and 10 staff members.

"The mission of LICS is to 'Glorify God by serving our neighbors in crisis,' and we feel like she does a phenomenal job of that,” Smith said. "From the people that walk in the door that have nothing, to the folks donating wonderful things here, she really does try to make it all inclusive of everybody and we truly are a big family when we say that."

It's why that "family" nominated Bowers as a Community Builder in partnership with Mungo Homes. As a Community Builder, Bowers receives a $1,000 donation from the Michael J. Mungo Foundation. It is money that will go right back to the community Bowers serves 24/7. She won't take the credit, but says she's grateful for the surprise.

"It was a special surprise," Bowers said. "You do things because you want to glorify God and because it's just what you do every day and to be specially recognized for that is incredible. That's not why I do it.”

LICS is always accepting donations to help serve Lexington County.

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