Kitty Spafford

For the last several years, Kitty Spafford has extended her family onto hundreds of others through her work and volunteerism at Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Hired to oversee outreach coordination and stewardship at the parish, located at 519 N. 10th St., Ms. Spafford also organizes food drives for the Cathedral food pantry, which feeds roughly 500 needy families each month. By organizing Cathedral’s volunteer day at Open Door Food Kitchen, participating in Second Harvest Community Food Bank’s No Hunger Summer, acting as a Eucharistic minister to the sick and the homebound and several other activities, Ms. Spafford said she believed her true calling is service to the community.

“I volunteered for several years before this position opened and I studied everything I could get my hands on so I would be prepared,” she said. “There is just a real gratification in helping others.”

Nominator Helen King described Ms. Spafford as a “shining light wherever she goes.” That light even reaches the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center, where she remains active in Prison Ministry.

“I always tell them that if one of my children were in that situation, I would want someone to still treat them with dignity and respect, so that’s what I try to do,” Ms. Spafford said. “Each person is important and I try to make every person I see feel that way.”