DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) — People love Rose Brown because Rose Brown hates litter.

"[She's] always out in the community," said Emily Faught. "[She's] very friendly."

Faught interacts with Brown each day at Decatur Manor. Faught is a case worker, making sure residents like Brown have everything they need.

Decatur Manor provides a refuge for people battling mental illness or substance abuse.

Despite the warmth of the manor, Brown heads outside each day into the cold to pick up trash — a move that gained the attention of the Beautify Decatur Coalition.

"We encourage everybody to be like her and to be civic minded," said coalition co-chair Jill Davis. "This is our planet. This is our world. This is our city."

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