Two decades ago, resident launched center to meet special needs

She was one of five Madison County residents who received the Jefferson Award for Public Service in April. Doumitt was honored in Jackson along with Gay Gregson, Frank Walker, Larry Jones and Becky Fly.

The Jefferson Awards were created 36 years ago to honor people across the nation for their community service.

The entire experience was inspirational, she said.

“There are so many good people in this world,” she said. “My heart was full after spending time with them. What a wonderful honor to be with those folks.”

Her daughter, Theresa, accompanied her to the national Jefferson Awards event in June.

“Mom asked me to go, and I was excited to go with her,” she said. “I was really grateful that I got to go.”

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