Volunteer Staff

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

Carmen Griffin


Carmen works as volunteer Staff in Residence at Sarah’s. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Carmen comes from a large family, and she helped raise many of her younger cousins (19 in all!). Carmen attended the University of Toledo, and has worked with Hennepin County in the child support division, and as Resident Manager for the Sankofa Program with Model Cities, Inc. Additionally, she worked at RS Eden as a Resident Manager. In her free time, Carmen enjoys listening to music, attending concerts, reading novels and poetry, traveling, and treasure hunting at thrift stores. Her current goals include earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology as well as learning how to swim. Carmen offers these words of wisdom: “Separation is limitation. I think when we separate ourselves, we limit ourselves.”

Sue Reaney
Creative 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.

Lizeth Andrade-Vital
House Helper


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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.

Madeleine Hallberg
House Helper


  • Recently graduated from Beloit College (WI) with a degree in international politics. Research interests in intersections of art and politics, and museums and identity.
  • Enjoy traveling, meeting new people and learning from them, and eating good food.
  • Loyal and dedicated to what I believe in.
  • Interested in global weaving and textile production and relationships between tradition and modernity.
  • Works as an assistant manager at Ten Thousand Villages fair trade store in St. Paul.
  • Live in St. Paul, grew up in Lindstrom, MN
  • I like flowers and plants.

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


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