Women in Action: Hayley Smith – Lifting Hands International

In each of our lives there are seasons of plenty and seasons of paucity. For Hayley Smith, a lengthy season of illness and pain led her to knowledge and experiences that prepared her for an abundant life of service. Through her organization, Lifting Hands International, launched in February 2016, Hayley extends aid to individuals and …

Days for Girls: Opportunities for Service at Many Levels

Four years ago, Rachael Haberman looked at her mother on the way home from a puberty class and asked a question. “Mom, what do women and girls do if they can’t afford to buy these things (pads)?”   “I didn’t have an answer,” her mother, April Haberman said, continuing, “and honestly, I had never thought …

Megan Fights Childhood Cancer for Her Kid and Everyone Else’s

Megan Gibson lobbied in Washington for childhood cancer funding, raised over $1,000 making and selling goodies for a young cancer victim, and rallied people to donate blood. She also quietly took out the garbage for a busy neighbor. Those things are commendable on their own, but she did them while her own son, JP, battled …

Sharon Evans: Sharing Her Home and Heart 

Sharon knows how to share. She shared her modest college home with a refugee family from Cambodia. She shared her home in Montana with children from a hospital for mentally handicapped. She has shared homes with foster siblings and foster children and exchange students. She currently shares her home with her husband and her 85-year-old …

Clarisse Mefotso Fall, African Hope Committee

While standing in line at CSW61, we met Clarisse Mefotso Fall and her group from African Hope Committee. This incredible organization seeks to help mainly immigrant women coming from Africa to assimilate into the US. Originally from Cameroon, Clarisse came to New York to study Health Education. She spent 5 years working as a health educator before …

Ruth Brasher, “The Teddy Bear Lady”

We asked Ruth Brasher, “The Teddy Bear Lady,” to tell us a bit more about her life and the teddy bears she makes each month for the Children’s Justice Center in Utah County. Although never married, she has a passion for serving the women and children in her community. She knows that “mother” is a verb and …

Women in Action: Ann Takasaki

During their family reunion last month, sixty young-adult refugees from Burma joined Ann Takasaki’s extended family for an evening of food, friendship, and shared experience.  She explained, “I wanted these young refugees to understand that their story was similar to ours, and that they have a great future in store.”   Ann, a native of Utah …