Sarah’s Volunteer Staff

Continuing Volunteers

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.

Peg McRaith
Household Support


Specializing in holistic physical therapy, Margaret (Peg) McRaith, MA, PT, is an integrative physical therapist and educator, combining transpersonal psychology and energy medicine in her approach to health and well-being.

She practices at Integrated Therapy Services and offers programs to individuals, groups and organizations. As a CSJ consociate, she serves on the Dismantling Racism Working Group, the Consociate Assembly Planning team, and on Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women Advisory Council. She also volunteers weekly at Sarah’s, and supports Sarah’s financially.

Nancy Amundson
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.

Seasonal Volunteers

Colleen Tollefson, Program Helper

Linda Radtke, Program Helper

Susan Smith, CSJ, Program Helper

Healing Touch Volunteers

Mary McCreevy

Margaret (Peg) McRaith

Mary O’Keefe

Volunteers are the people who help make Sarah’s a home.

To learn more, visit our Volunteer Opportunities page