The Beth-El Center homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Milford is fortunate to have teams of generous volunteers that keep it running smoothly, Beth El representatives said, noting that one of the oldest volunteers is the most special. Beth-El recently celebrated the 100th birthday of soup kitchen volunteer Helen Koziel, who helps out at Beth-El every week.

“Helen is a part of a team of volunteers that cook and serve meals every Tuesday,” according to a press release from the shelter. “She spends four to five hours preparing meals, serving and participating in the post-meal clean up. Helen and her group also plan the menu for each Tuesday's meal.”

According to Kitchen Manager Linda Sirochman, “Helen shows up every week, in any kind of weather and always with a smile. She loves to talk and interact with the clients in the soup kitchen.”

Sirochman considers Koziel to be "the heart of the soup kitchen.”

“The people who come to the soup kitchen love and appreciate Helen and her team and know how valuable they are to the Beth-El community,” Sirochman said.