• 2 April 2012

Marilyn Denis

Marilyn Denis moved into her studio at Dorothy Day Apartments April 7th, 2003 and just one week later became the coor­di­nator of the building’s front desk ser­vice. Marilyn’s form of lead­er­ship exudes a quiet, calm, truthful and steady beat. Nothing passes Marilyn’s watch unno­ticed, yet an unwa­vering prin­ciple of fair­ness and con­fi­den­tiality pro­tects everyone, except those who threaten others: drug dealers and domestic vio­lence bat­terers beware! Marilyn expects and earns the respect of those plagued by mental and sui­cidal demons, every mother jug­gling chil­drens’ mishaps and ado­les­cent rebel­lion, and anyone strug­gling with recovery. When asked to describe her role, she quickly replied, “It’s per­sonal.” It is per­sonal indeed for this ded­i­cated, charis­matic lady who has become the center, the heart, and the balm of Dorothy Day Apartments, where 192 chil­dren and adults reside, and dozens of civic and cul­tural neigh­bor­hood events are hosted monthly. One of 7 sib­lings, she was pre­pared for the many per­son­al­i­ties she encoun­ters daily. Dorothy Day Apartments has become Marilyn’s extended family and allowed her to wit­ness first hand life’s unending cycle – the delight of wel­coming new­borns and the grief at bid­ding farewell when death calls. “They are ALL my family,” she says with pride, “and I will always be grateful for having the oppor­tu­nity to know them, serve them and love them uncon­di­tion­ally.”

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