Saturday, December 06, 2014

By the end of this calendar year, Dan Gerson’s imprint in the St. Joseph community will grow.

Somehow Andy Halamar and Larry Matt find a way to balance running a successful business and volunteering.

For a decade or better, Connie Newton has helped to ensure kids all over St. Joseph have new shoes for the first day of school.

Suddenly losing a father, who is your best friend, ends a lot of conversations, especially if the father is a World War II veteran who didn’t like to talk much about his wartime experiences.

For Debbie Easterla, her passion and love of animals created community support and a fundraising network for a beloved, four-legged law enforcement officer.

As executive director of the St. Joseph Youth Alliance, Robin Hammond helps young people be happy, healthy and successful from the prenatal stages of development to adulthood.

All mothers wear many hats, juggling time, resources and responsibilities to provide a good life for their families. Kayte Langner does just that, not only for her own four children, but for hundreds of families in St. Joseph.

Margaret Dishman considers herself but a cog in the wheel that turns life in Helena, Mo.

A divorce in 1984 left Emma Kerns needing a place to live and help to pay the rent. She turned to InterServ and always said she would pay them back.

Volunteerism is more than an opportunity for 16-year-old Jacqueline Janorschke. It is her personal platform.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

St. Joseph is a tough place to navigate, both literally and figuratively, for new people. It gets even more complex for those not only learning the area’s geography, but also its culture and the English language.

Life is about embracing opportunities. Jean Albers knows some opportunities are fleeting, which is why she tries to make the most of them.

Eight years ago, Colin Foster felt God’s calling to start what would eventually become Soaring Hope Equestrian Center near Easton, Mo.

Elmer Schmitz has done his part to raise the next crop of youth in Northeast Kansas.

A normal night turned into an opportunity for a St. Joseph police officer to help a local family.

Alane Studley practices a new kind of therapy: pet therapy.

The Northwest Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center opened in 1993, about 15 years before Gigi Hriso moved to St. Joseph.

Jessica Fife puts her best foot forward when she notices the needs of others.

Whenever there’s a need to serve the community, Ron Hook shows up. The Western District Commissioner for Buchanan County serves on more boards than he has fingers. He serves with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, YMCA and South Side Rotary, just to name a few