Longtime We Raise Foundation Supporter Shares a Life of Blessings

We Raise Foundation is privileged to call Mrs. Keturah A. Thunder-Haab (“Kay”) a longtime friend and financial supporter. Her affiliation with We Raise dates back to her participation in the Walther League, a youth organization of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, as a young person and her knowledge of the (then) Wheat Ridge Ministries Christmas Seals; she even spent a year serving as the district Seals manager in Indiana.

“I’ve always loved the background of Wheat Ridge Ministries, as they worked to address tuberculosis, and now as We Raise they are working with new ideas,” she says, adding that she appreciates the focus on the issues at the intersection of poverty, violence, and inequality. “If we as Christians can do anything to help solve these issues, we would surely be serving the Lord.”

Kay Haab (center), pictured with Concordia Ann Arbor student athletes, played a key supporting role in Concordia’s recent Thunder Sports Complex project. Photo courtesy of Concordia University Ann Arbor.

During college basketball season, you’ll see Kay at most home games for both the University of Michigan men’s and women’s teams. In addition to being a Wolverine basketball fan and season ticket holder for many years, Kay, 81, has also been a longtime friend and supporter of Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA). Her support helped to construct CUAA’s sports complex, which includes a competition-grade track and pro-turf field and was dedicated the Thunder Sports Complex in 2018.

After growing up in Marshall, Mich., Kay attended Concordia Teacher’s College, River Forest, Ill. (now known as Concordia Chicago). After graduation, she taught at a Lutheran school in Elkhart, Ind., then returned to Michigan where she took a teaching position at St. Paul Lutheran School in Ann Arbor—and stayed for more than 25 years.

From her roles as a Lutheran educator and youth worker, to her service as the official record keeper for St. Paul’s track and field events, and years volunteering at the St. Paul Lutheran School library, Kay truly has a soft spot for young people. And that’s why We Raise matters so much to her.

“If the organizations supported by We Raise can reach young kids and let them know that their lives can be improved by things they can offer them, well that’s a great blessing,” she says.

Another blessing for Kay is the act of being generous. “I’ve found out the more you give, the more God blesses you,” she says. “I have just been blessed in so many ways and continue to be blessed by our great God.”

Kay encourages others to share their financial blessings with We Raise. “It’s a great organization and they care about people – they try to find ways to reach people who most of us would never be able to reach,” she says.

At We Raise, we’re thankful that God blessed us with Kay’s friendship and support. We know she’s watching from the sidelines and cheering us on – and that makes all the difference.

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