We know it’s been awhile since we’ve connected, the main reasons for that are the health concerns that have plagued the members of our Leadership Council (LC). One of our beloved members, Beatrice “Bea” Stroud, has passed on after a challenging battle with cancer. She is survived by her partner and fellow LC member, Gary Stroud, her children, and her grandchildren.
Bea has been a fearless leader in the fight against privatization of public housing through the RAD program, and a friend and beloved member of our RTHA community. We have been blessed to share some great years with Bea as leaders in the fight for housing justice, but also as friends and family sharing holidays, cookouts, weddings, and birthday parties. She will be greatly missed for her sharp wit, laughter, gigantic heart, and fierce spirit.
As you know Right To Housing Alliance is led by people directly impacted by the ill effects of housing commodification; slumlords, biased courts, racist code enforcement etc. In other words, our members are barely making ends meet and the cost of a proper funeral is far beyond their means.
Bea and her husband, Gary, have donated so much of their time and energy to helping others, even as they faced their own challenges and struggles. We feel that it’s time to give back to them.
If you’re able, please donate to the Beatrice Stroud Funeral Fund today. Any donation, large or small, will help.
Right to Housing Alliance is much more than just an organization; we strive to build community. The community we have built is one in which we know we can count on each other when times are hard. In that spirit, we reach out to you in our extended RTHA community, to help us ensure that Bea is laid to rest with the same dignity and respect for which she fought so tirelessly.
We still hold firmly to what we’ve always believed, we can rely on each other to win.
A viewing will take place followed by a service at 11am, Saturday July 15th, at Serenity Funeral Home, 1701 McCulloh Street, Baltimore, MD, for all those who wish to pay their respects.