Meet Judy DelSignore

Meet Judy DelSignore

This month’s “Woman of Character” was nominated by Rachel Carwell. The following is an excerpt from her nomination letter:

I served in the army for seven years; three of those were spent in the Middle East. I don’t have any family, and when I came back from overseas I had an extremely difficult time. Out of nowhere, I met Judy who has been a true blessing from God. She showed me love and taught me to have faith in myself. Every day I thank God for her friendship and mentoring. I sometimes have a hard time expressing my appreciation to her and I don’t think she knows how much I appreciate and love her for saving me from myself. This woman is a true angel – always giving of herself to everyone around her! She saved this soldier, and I thank Judy DelSignore for her compassion and love.

I have always wanted to do something for Judy for helping me become the best person I can be. Even when times are hard she is always there for me – giving advice and helping me see both sides of every situation. I can’t imagine where I would be today if it were not for Judy…I can only hope as I move on with this fantastic new adventure in my life that I can remember everything she has taught me and make her proud!

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Judy and Rachel met when they were both working as Red Cross volunteers. Hurricane Katrina hit about the same time Rachel was leaving the military, and, with no future plans, she decided to volunteer. A native of upstate New York, Judy retired to Murrells Inlet after a career as a technical educator in New Jersey and soon became involved with Red Cross disaster relief. After her service with the Red Cross, Rachel returned to Fort Bragg, and her life began spiraling downward. At this point, Rachel felt her life was no longer worth living. Her friendship with Judy was the only constant in her life. Eventually, Judy and Rachel decided she should move to Murrells Inlet to stay with Judy and begin a new life. On July 14th, Rachel left to start her new job as an Emergency Management Coordinator with AmeriCorps in Rhode Island and credits the turnaround in her life to the love and support she received from Judy.

It takes a special person to allow someone to move into your home. What keeps you motivated?

It is so rewarding to touch the life of someone and know that you’ve made it better. I knew that helping Rachel was the right thing to do. I enjoy helping others be the best that they can be.

After I retired here, I decided to volunteer with the Red Cross. I know I am very blessed and can help others with my background in education and management. And, I’m fortunate to have the time. I work as a disaster relief volunteer, and recently, I helped open a shelter for the folks here who had to evacuate the wildfires.

I met another woman while I was volunteering during Hurricane Katrina, and she has come to live with me now as well. Sue was teaching English as a second language in South Korea. Before she left she had sold her house and wasn’t sure where she wanted to live after she came home. I invited her to come to South Carolina and stay with me to see if she liked it here. So far, it’s worked out great!

What do you do for fun and relaxation?

I love the beach and spend a lot of time at the pool in my development. I also love to travel. My friend, Sue, and I just got back from a trip to Jamaica, and I’m going to California next month to my niece’s wedding. In the fall, I’ll probably go to Costa Rica, and eventually I plan to take another trip to Italy.

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One Response to “Meet Judy DelSignore”

  1. Nate (Luis) mazzullo says:

    We miss you Rachael and thanks for helping to rebuild the technology center in Providence RI! Thanks for helping us speak english and You made ESL fun and thanks for you pushing us on our Senior Portfolio and standing up for us! Love ya and hope to see you soon! (your Kids) LOL

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