Marion’s calling for the HFC ministry began shortly after she retired. At age 67, she left her 20+ year career, where she served the U.S. military as a Diet Therapist. Determined to not just “sit around” in her retirement years, she set out to get involved in something meaningful, that would be challenging and give her a purpose in post-career years.
Marion began traveling to Haiti, offering her knowledge in planning daily nutritional meal plans for over 1,500 children who were living at a large and over-crowded Christian orphanage. Finding purpose and God’s hand in these visits, she eventually met and partnered with HFC co-founder, Dr. Jacob Bernard.
Their collaboration evolved into starting a new orphanage, by renovating an existing but dilapidated old school building. Through their faith, dedication and compassion for the multitudes of impoverished children, they set out on their vision to make a difference. That same building still houses HFC today, as a 3-story renovated home and school to those they serve.
Marion passed away in 2005, but HFC continues her mission in the name of Christ. Her legacy is perhaps best exemplified by Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 1:4, “God comforts us in all of our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
Marion strongly believed in empowering the Haitian children with the tools that they need to succeed, knowing they could one day become Christian leaders and role models in the Haitian society. Marion’s story is an inspiration to all of us who carry on her dream.