Local Hero: The Angel Of Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Our Local Hero is called "Mrs. G."  or the "The Rev,” but Audrey Taylor Gonzalez also earned the title "The Angel of Memphis."

The ordained pastor has dedicated her life to making sure this city's often forgotten children are given a much needed voice.

Gonzalez was appointed by Governor Haslam to the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and she hs been given countless awards for fighting to give some non-violent juvenile offenders a second chance.  You want to know what drives her?  She said it is her faith.

For the past three and a half years this has been our Local Hero's Friday night routine.

Marching down to the basement of the MPD South Main precinct and praying for the officers' safety as the precinct's chaplain.

"May those officers trust in you with all their hearts," Gonzalez said. "Most of all lord please keep your hand on each of our officers."

She knows all the dangers the officers face often comes down to one disappointing reality.

"I think Memphis' suffering is great, even with all the churches and all the pastors we are still the second most dangerous city in the United States and we still have terrible problems here because the families are all destroyed and broken up," Gonzalez said.

So when she is not in the room at MPD, she is inside a room at Juvenile Court where so many broken families find themselves.

The Foster Care Review board room.

Volunteers like Gonzalez meet with the city's foster kids twice a year and check their progress.

"It's to make sure they're safe because they have had some horrible things happen in the past," Gonzalez said.

But for Gonzalez it is more than filling out paperwork. It is about making foster kids like Rodney and Kyle feel special.

"She was like more talkative. Like everything ok? Everything good? You ok? You need anything?" foster child Rodney Ersery said.

For years Gonzalez has spent her own money buying these kids items.

So many of these kids have never had anything of their own. Mrs. Gonzalez tireless dedication is why the foster care room is named after her. It is why her picture is displayed on the wall. It is why she has earned the nickname "The Angel Of Memphis."

“Those who have the most are expected to give the most and so that's what I'm trying to do," Gonzalez said.


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