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Director of Communications


January 21, 2003

President Bush to Recognize Schnucks Associate for Dedication to Volunteer Service

ST. LOUIS - President George W. Bush will meet Dezzie Houston, employment supervisor for Schnuck Markets, Inc., when he arrives in St. Louis, Mo., on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Houston has been a volunteer with the Missouri Mentoring Partnership for the past 10 years and a Schnucks associate for 22 years.

"I am truly honored to be able to meet President Bush and to share with him my experiences as a mentor and the personal joy I receive from steering a young person in the right direction," Houston said. "I believe it is every person's responsibility to do whatever he or she can to make a difference. I am pleased to represent Schnuck Markets, a company that encourages associates to remain active in their communities."

In his 2002 State of the Union address, President Bush called on all Americans to dedicate at least two years over their lifetimes in service to their communities, our country and the world. President Bush is recognizing individuals around the country who are answering the call to service and will recognize Houston as an example of the dedication to service he is hoping to instill in all Americans through his USA Freedom Corps initiative.

Houston said, "I support President Bush's position on volunteerism, and I am deeply honored to be able to join him in asking people to give of their time in support of causes in which they believe. I can tell you from personal experience that when it comes to positively affecting the lives of children, every hour counts."

The Missouri Mentoring Partnership offers workplace training and employment skills to qualifying young people ages 16 - 21. Over the years, Houston has mentored three young people and recently had the opportunity to attend the college graduation of the first young woman she mentored.

Houston serves as a member of the Goodwill Metro Employment Rehabilitation Services program advisory board and on the United Way Allocations Committee. She also volunteers for the annual Annie Malone Children's Home Benefit Barbeque and Fundraiser at the Schnucks City Plaza store.

She is married to Kenneth Houston. They reside in University City and have three children.

January 2003 is National Mentoring Month and individuals interested in mentoring activities can find opportunities in their neighborhoods through the USA Freedom Corps web site at or by calling 1-877-USA-CORPS.

Corporations interested in receiving information on hiring and mentoring area youth are urged to contact Peggy Baskin, program coordinator for the Missouri Mentoring Partnership. She can be reached at 314-877-2013, or visit their website at

Schnuck Markets, Inc., a family-owned company founded in St. Louis in 1939, currently operates 102 stores and 93 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Mississippi. This includes five Logli Supermarkets and a stand-alone Sentry drug store in Rockford, Ill.

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