Dear LASM Senior News Reader,
It is hard to believe that another year is coming to an end. The old adage continues to ring true, “time flies!” This was made abundantly clear to me in my personal life this past year as I grappled with the low and high of losing my mom to cancer and welcoming a second child into my family through adoption. New life and death have a way of grounding us in the preciousness of the time we have here on Earth and inspiring us to live each day to the fullest. In my work with LASM, I am surrounded by people: clients, volunteers, board members, pastors, neighbors who exemplify living in this way. Today, I want to share with you the story of one such woman.
Carol Ann was a woman of strong faith with a heart full of compassion. She dedicated her life to loving and serving people: family, patients, friends, her church and neighborhood community. Her caregiving skills were well-honed from a career in nursing and when LASM was forming in late 2006 she was there to lend her knowledge, enthusiasm, and guidance. She tackled developing and serving as the Coordinator or our ministry’s medical transportation ministry, she served on our Board of Directors and when we saw a need to be able to connect with those we were serving on a deeper level she came alongside me to learn and train in Stephen Ministry, becoming LASM’s first Stephen Minister. Though short in stature, she towered over us in terms of kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity. She exuded warmth and made everyone feel special.
When Carol Ann passed away in May of 2014 we were deeply saddened, she had left big shoes to fill. We sought to find a way to honor Carol Ann, celebrate the gift she was to our ministry and carry on her passion for our ministry’s mission. At the time, our ministry was in the midst of a five-year plan to become more financially sustainable. As a piece of this planning process, we developed the Legacy Fund - a special fund dedicated to ensuring a long legacy of providing support and opportunities for older adults. It soon became clear that an excellent way to pay Carol Ann lasting homage was by naming a top funding level in her honor. And so, the Friends of Carol Ann Circle was born.
As we prepare to enter our 13th year of ministry we remain deeply committed to serving the older adults of the Lindenwood Park Neighborhood and our partner congregations. In Carol Ann’s footsteps, we seek to inspire and be inspired to live the next year to the fullest. We invite you to walk this path with us through your prayers, volunteerism and financial support. Enclosed is a Contribution Form, detailing ways to support LASM and an envelope. LASM is a non-profit organization and financial contributions made to the ministry are tax deductible. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
My best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season for you and your family!
Katie Weintraub, MSWDirector