Editor's Note: During Black History Month, the Herald-Press is spotlighting an outstanding individual in the Palestine community. The first spotlight goes to Betty Nickerson, executive director of Palestine's Multicultural Center. She has worked tirelessly for others, a prime example being the work she has done for the Fairview Community near Reklaw.

What inspires you most to serve the community as you do?

What inspires me is my love of people. It fills me with joy to know that I can inspire others whether they may be young or old. This is the calling from God for my life. Ever since my childhood, I have sought out to help those in need.

Describe a recent challenge you've faced. What was the outcome?

Well, the outcome is that we will have water in the Fairview Community located outside the City of Reklaw, Texas. The challenge was and will be assuring that it happens within a timely manor. Health problems have become a way of life there. We need to add a well to the city's water supply for there to be running water in Reklaw. I'm hoping the outcome is that the Texas Department of Agriculture will do what's right and approve grant funding that provides running water to those living in Fairview.

What is your hope for the Palestine community?

My hope is that we as citizens, as a city, work together to build up our churches, businesses and organizations helping to reestablish the belief that, as a whole, we can unite together to benefit all people regardless of race, color, creed or religion.

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