Helping people is in Betty Fabick’s genes. So it was only natural in retirement that the St. Louis native became a regular volunteer at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

Throughout the past nine years, she has contributed 2,400 hours at the hospital. In her volunteer role, she supports patients’ families in the surgical waiting room—relaying doctors’ updates, serving refreshments and escorting visitors to their relative’s recovery room.

“People are under so much pressure waiting for the surgeries,” she notes. “To be able to help in that kind of situation—you have to have a calling for that. It’s in your make-up.”

When Fabick is not reaching out to families at the hospital, she is busy filing paperwork, answering phones and helping co-volunteers, including another retired woman, who has become her best friend. “I’ve been blessed with good health, so I can go a mile a minute,” she says.

Throughout her life, Fabick has been called to help others. She cared for her husband during their 58-year marriage, as he served the U. S. Army in Germany in the mid-1950s until he passed away five years ago from cancer. Later, she helped inner-city school children through a hearing and speech therapy program.

Now living at Mari de Villa retirement community, she lends a helping hand to her neighbors— running errands and delivering mail. “I’m always helping people around here. I just help because they need me,” she says.

Through the years, Fabick has realized the most fulfilling thing you can do in life is volunteer. “It’s so rewarding, and it gives you something to look forward to.”