Corpus Christi (KIII News) — The woman who's been in charge of the Mother Teresa Shelter for the last 17-years will be saying goodbye in December.

Sister Rose is being transferred to Florida to help another shelter.

"I am very grateful because I got a chance to serve for our homeless brothers and sisters," Rose said.

Sister Rose Paul Madassery was on duty as she is every day at the Mother Teresa Shelter but especially on Thanksgiving.

"That is all the food do you know? With the turkey, mash potatoes and the green beans," Rose said.

At a very young age, Rose knew her calling.

"When I was 18 years old, I joined the convent, but I got the call actually when I was in high school. when I was finishing my tenth grade," Rose said.

Rose finished her studies and got her master's degree in social work knowing that's where her heart was.

"When I came to the United States I had no idea what I'm going to do. I know I am going to do social work, but I had no idea I'd be serving for the homeless brothers and sisters," Rose said.

Bishop Carmody chose Rose assignment and placed her in charge of helping where the need was the greatest.

"So my first day I will never forget, 2002, June first. I went to the old shelter it's called Moore and day house, and ah, it was actually very shocking to me because of I'm not ready for that," Rose said.

According to Rose, she knew it would be difficult and would require much humility and dedication.

"Happy Thanksgiving, happy thanksgiving, happy thanksgiving. Are you happy today? Yes, I am cause you're shaking my hand," Rose said.

Rose took on the challenge of running the Mother Teresa Shelter jumping in with an open mind and with the spirit of determination.

"So it took time to adjust my life in here. Took a few years but I learned something in my personal life. I changed my behavior, my attitude my character all that because I understood what my callings is," Rose said.

Since taking over Mother Teresa Shelter, the facility has grown and improved serving hundreds of the neediest of the homeless in Corpus Christi.

Each milestone reached for Rose was a blessing for her and those who depend on the shelter's services.

"This is my home. its sad to me to leave this city and state and my shelter, its very sad because I started here," Rose said.

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