Foster Support Program
. . . is led by an FVL Grad
When she graduated from FVL as a member of the class of 1997, Kara (Gagnow) Witthuhn knew she wanted to work in a field that would enable her to relieve people’s suffering and improve lives.
Embarking on her path to a psychology degree, she stumbled onto the field of social work. An internship opened her eyes to this important and growing need. Ultimately, that experience connected her to the opportunity to provide support and education to hundreds of families in the child protective services system. For her, that spanned the next 19 years.
Kara’s passion was to provide advocacy and compassion to broken families. It became her motivation to create a path to providing Christian support for families in need across the Fox Valley.
In 2014, she began volunteering with the Hope Center in Appleton. This ministry of WELS United is currently based on the campus of St. Matthew-Appleton. The Hope Center is staffed by many dedicated volunteers and funded with donations from area Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod (WELS) churches and other community partnerships. Currently, the center provides physical and spiritual support to 80+ local families every month.
Kara was introduced to the Kingdom Workers Foster Support Program in a meeting at the Hope Center. That was in 2019. She says “I immediately knew God was calling me!” For her, it was another opportunity to minister to those who so desperately needed the unconditional love of Jesus.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go with us?” And I said, “Here I am, send me.”
You can help!
Anyone interested in learning more about the Kingdom Workers Foster Support Program can contact Kara to learn more about taking the first steps. May the Holy Spirit lead you to discover where your gift is needed!
Find out more . . . kingdomwrkrs.co/foster-support
Kara is pictured with her husband Cliff, and children (left to right) Evan, Joel, and Lydia.