Organization and Talent Development Assistant, Human Resources
When most people think of New Year’s Resolutions they think of gym memberships, diets or increasing family ties. For Renae, her resolution was to make as big of an impact on a person’s life as she could, by adopting children with behavioral needs. Renae started adopting six years ago with Lutheran Family and Children Services, who guided her through the process of adopting her first daughter, Jordyn. Since then she has adopted two more daughters, Jessica and Jaycee, through the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home here in Springfield.
In her free time, Renae loves to putt putt golf with her three daughters, and visit various state and national parks. Before COVID, she volunteered as a Co-Chair for the Cattle Baron’s Ball, a program which raises money for the American Cancer Society, and for the Ronald McDonald House, where she regularly prepared meals for families whose children were in the hospital. She also volunteers for the Safe to Sleep program, an overnight shelter for homeless women in the Ozarks. Overall, Renae has a deep passion for her community, and hopes that more people will consider adoption as an option for their lives, as it is extremely rewarding and there are many children here in Springfield still looking for homes.
Congratulations to Renae!
Interview and spotlight provided by Cole Howerton, student assistant, Office of Public Affairs Support.