Joan raised 7 children and, at the age of 40, decided that she wasn’t done caring for people, so she went back to school for nursing. She retired after working for 27 years as a compassionate nurse, but she knew God had more work for her to accomplish in this new season.

She saw a need that she could address for some of the most vulnerable in her community, so she started a ministry that provided care packages to the families of migrant workers with newborn babies. New Baby Steps has now blessed hundreds of families with scarce resources and has created relationships across cultural boundaries.

The last few years of Joan’s life have brought a string of tragedies. One of her daughters who struggled with mental illness took her own life at just 33 years of age. This past July, she lost another child when one of her sons unexpectedly passed after a long battle with illness. Five days after the death of their son, Joan’s husband of 63 years died suddenly. As we honored this beautiful woman at Dare To Be, she whispered “this will be my first Valentine’s Day without the love of my life. He called me the apple of his eye.”

The grace and depth of love that radiates from Joan are almost tangible. She blesses those around her with her kindness and, even as she mourns the loss of her loved ones, she’s willing to be a sister, mother, grandmother or friend to anyone in need.

The Dare To Be Foundation is able to bless each honoree with something chosen to meet their needs and bring them a little much-deserved joy. We were able to provide Joan:

  • A beautiful bag and custom necklace from ABLE

  • Hurricane windows for her entire home

  • A urgently-needed major dental surgery

  • A $2,000 donation to her ministry, New Baby Steps


You too can make a difference in women's lives by giving to the Dare To Be Foundation.