Sarah McIntosh nominated by Debbie Hong. These are her words:
Sarah has a big heart for foster care children and orphans. While attending the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in 2017 she learned about an organization called The Forgotten Initiative (TFI) which could help local churches partner with TFI to meet the needs of their local foster care community. Together, with her husband Jamey, they became TFI advocates and established a local chapter in the Chippewa Valley. Sarah works directly with the foster care community to identify the needs of vulnerable adults, foster care agency workers, foster care parents and children in the Chippewa Valley. She takes those requests to several local churches with resources and manpower to help make those needs met. She has set up foster care panels, promoted and set up trauma informed training for foster parents and those caring for children with trauma, organized backpack fundraisers, foster parent support kit drives, Christmas sponsorship for foster children, organized a bi-weekly meeting place with dinner provided for Family Works foster agency and foster parents and redecorated several visitation rooms for Lutheran Social Services. She does all of this while raising four children. Sarah’s help with TFI is helping to create a stable, healthy environment for society’s most vulnerable and exploited people. She is making an important difference in the Chippewa Valley and beyond.Debbie Hong, on Sarah McIntosh
Leading up to International Women’s Day in March, First News at Nine, along with Tomah Chamber & Visitors Center and Furnish 123 are recognizing local women who have made remarkable contributions to their communities.
Each Tuesday during First News at Nine we will introduce you to one of the four finalists who have lead, inspired and paved the way for other women.