Volunteer Staff

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Get to know the people who help make Sarah’s a home.

Sue Reaney
Creative Arts Coordinator


Sue Reaney has been teaching jewelry-making and other crafts to the women at Sarah’s for over three years.  She is very passionate about Sarah’s, its mission and the women she has come to know and love. Sue is the mother of Kat and has two little white dogs. She is a former school psychologist and special education teacher and lives happily at Episcopal Homes. She is currently a Consociate Candidate with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St Paul Province.

Mary Kerres
Plant Whisperer


Mary Kerres retired in 2014 from 25 years serving as a healthcare chaplain in facilities in NE.  Her main role currently is as grandmother and community volunteer.  Her interests include reading, singing, hiking/biking, yoga, and community action. Mary sings to a large variety of houseplants as she cares for them weekly.

Mary Pat Fitzpatrick
Yoga Instructor


Mary Pat started teaching yoga for Mind Body Solutions in 2007, and has since has felt enormous gratitude for being part of this community that helps transform trauma, loss and disability into hope and potential. MP was thrilled to be introduced to Sarah’s Oasis in 2013 and has since been sharing yoga with the women who teach her about cultivating joy, humility, kindness, and compassion in her teaching and in her life.

MP is a 200 hour RYT who enjoys teaching adaptive yoga classes for MBS at the Minnetonka studio, the Courage- Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Sarah’s Oasis and at local Veterans centers. MP is involved with MBS in several capacities.  Mary Pat has studied with Matthew Sanford, William Prottengeier, Beryl Bender Birch, and has completed the Relax and Renew ® Training levels I & II with Judith Hanson Lasater.PhD, PT.

Corrina Thomas
Spiritual Friend


Corrina Thomas is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. Her ministry background includes spiritual direction, retreats and workshops. She is passionate about the New Universe Story and an evolutionary spirituality which sees the divine as the primary causality for creation, and evolution as a physical manifestation of the process of divine creative energy. She was born and raised in India and brings to her ministry a wealth of inter-religious/cultural experience. Her education includes master’s degrees in Franciscan studies, culture and spirituality, and media studies, and a Doctor of Ministry with a focus on developing and nurturing dialogue among peoples of various faith traditions.

Mary Himrod
Ignatian Volunteer

Monica Shaffer
Volunteer Consultant


Since completing her St. Joseph Worker year (2014-2015) at Sarah’s, Monica has desired to stay close to the program and its mission. She moved on to another job, but stays active at Sarah’s through volunteering. Currently she is the Volunteer Coordinator for Jeremiah Program, Minneapolis Campus. With her professional skills and training she donates her time to Sarah’s by advising and supporting the House Manager in developing a robust volunteer program to support the mission and work of Sarah’s.