She’s been a one-woman human services agency for three decades. No task is too big or small, even though Jefferson Award winner Lilyann Brannon is now 90-years-old.
When Michele Blamires was pregnant and living under a San Jose bridge years ago, it was Brannon who brought her family food and diapers. And when Michele cleaned up from a drug addiction, it was Brannon who helped her find a home and job.
“She does so much,” Blamires said admiringly. “If it’s in her willpower, she’ll do it. She’ll find a way.”
From her San Jose living room, Brannon runs the nonprofit Tending the Flock. With her husband retired from Lockheed and she from Apple, Brannon devotes her life to helping the poor and neglected who fall through the cracks. She’s a one-woman charitable agency who can serve up food one minute, and snap through a web of bureaucracy the next.
“When you get to know people, you can’t turn your back and walk away,” Brannon explained.
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Jefferson Award Winner Tends To Needs Of South Bay’s Poor