Volunteers are the people who help make Sarah’s a home.
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 grandmother of Anita. She is a former school psychologist and special education teacher and lives happily at Episcopal Homes. She is also a CSJ Consociate.
Susan Smith, CSJ, shares her love and commitment to the mission of the CSJ’s with Sarah’s residents. She has been connected to Sarah’s in a variety of ways since Sarah’s was established in 1996. She continues to be present with our dear neighbors from around the world and welcomed them into our home.Her message is one of Sarah’s
mantras, “Sarah’s will always be your home!”
Mary Pat Fitzpatrick
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 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.
Mary Pat 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.
Mary was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She went to college at the University of Notre Dame, and from there joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Brooklyn, NY. Her professional background is in social work and non–profit administration, but for the last seven years she has been working as a Video Producer at Quiet Island Films in St. Paul. She enjoys teaching Citizenship to women from around the globe. She has three daughters and a dog named Mr. Bean. In her free time, she enjoys crossword puzzles and tap dancing. She is grateful to be part of the Sarah‘s community.
Nancy was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She moved to St. Paul to attend school at the College of Visual Arts where she earned her BFA. She loved the Twin Cities so much she chose to remain here. She raised her two sons while working in the design industry in sales for two local retail companies. Nancy retired from her professional career in June of 2018 and enjoys traveling, painting, reading and spending time with her four grandchildren. She is a member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) where she has volunteered working with seniors at a day center. Through IVC she now finds herself at Sarah’s spending time with women and helping to make Sarah’s a nice place for those who call it home.
My name is Mary Himrod and I am an Ignatian Volunteer. As an Ignatian Volunteer, I am commit to volunteering at least thirty-two hours each month. My volunteer area is Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women, and I have been a volunteer at Sarah’s since November, 2012. I am older than any of the women here at Sarah’s including staff members; so, I feel very grandmotherly most of the time–but not a bossy grandmother I hope! My role is to be present for the residents, and provide assistance with the upkeep of our beautiful home. You will find me watering plants, baking cookies, organizing closets, having tea with the women, and engaging in other tasks that the staff may need completed. When I have an opportunity to visit with the women, we share the memories of our youth. They were surprised that I milked cows while I was a teen-ager. They were more surprised that a young girl would milk cows in America. At Sarah’s we take care of each other. When I am dusting and I need a ladder, the women want to do it for me so I don’t all. They are generous when preparing their meals and usually invite me to join them. They are so hospitable. I love them very much, and I love volunteering at Sarah’s!
Mary Treacy O’Keefe is a national speaker, spiritual director, former radio show host, hospice volunteer and author. She is the award-winning co-founder of Well Within, a nonprofit holistic wellness resource center that served over 30,000 people during the past 11 years. Because of her commitment to people living with life-threatening illnesses and other challenging situations, Mary is passionate about helping individuals become ‘well within’ and live as fully as possible. Her presentations and writings are designed to help reduce stress and anxiety and foster hope, healing and spiritual growth for a variety of audiences. Mary’s heartwarming stories have been included in several books, including three Chicken Soup for the Soul books, plus in Women’s Day, Catholic Digest. Her first book, Thin Places: Where Faith is Affirmed and Hope Dwells, received Honorable Mention from the national Independent Publishers Book Awards.
Growing up on a farm in southwest Minnesota, Colleen moved on to graduate from the University of Minnesota. She helped found a railroad park in her hometown, worked seasonally for a number of Minnesota State Parks, spent a four and one-half year stint working at the Minnesota Restaurant, Hotel and Resort Associations and decades at Explore Minnesota. Colleen’s bet accomplishments are having three great children. She now is in the “final 30” and was inspired to found Jobs & Journeys: connecting adventurous folks with seasonal, part-time and full-time jobs In Minnesota/Wisconsin area destinations. Her life is now about fun, friends, volunteering and laughing.
Peg has volunteered in Sarah’s kitchen for over a year. She has also been a member of Sarah’s Advisory Council for the last two years. She loves being at Sarah’s and supporting the women. Peg is a physical therapist by credential and a healer by training and birth. She specializes in holistic physical therapy and practices an integrative physical approach to health and wellness. Peg has a healing ministry at Sarah’s and her sessions result in relaxation, enhanced breathing and a sense of wellness. Peg was born and raised in Minneapolis.