'A POSITIVE RAY OF SUNSHINE': Crestview man takes joy in volunteering following homelessness

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Crestview Manor resident Dennis Green helps Lexi Shelley move her shopping cart of laundry down the hallway. Green, who once was homeless, volunteers so much at the assisted living facility that he blends in with Manor staffers.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 07:34 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Dennis Green easily could be mistaken for a Crestview Manor staffer.

He pushes wheelchair-bound residents to the cafeteria and worship services, helps with Bingo set-ups, keeps residents up to date on weather forecasts, leads daily exercise routines and welcomes new residents with a gift basket supplied by the assisted facility.

However, the Virginia native himself is a resident, and he never turns down an opportunity to assist staffers.

And having a longtime heart ailment and memory loss doesn't deter him.

"Volunteering is something I always enjoy doing," said Green, who's been at the Manor two years.

His efforts are appreciated, staffers said.

"He is the positive ray of sunshine at the Crestview Manor," facility director Becky Brice-Nash said. "He is an integral part of our family."

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