Dan and Sarah Grey both came to Denver with a mission to serve others.
Sarah came from Ohio as part of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), a graduate teaching program out of the University of Notre Dame, to teach at the inner-city Guardian Angels Catholic School, which receives support from Seeds of Hope. Dan came from Michigan to work with the poor as a Colorado Vincentian Volunteer.
“The fact that we both came for reasons tied to service set the framework,” Sarah shared. “It opened avenues for us to continue to serve.”
The pair met and married in Denver and have one daughter, 2-year-old Anna. When they’re not spending time with their daughter or traveling, Dan and Sarah dedicate their time to education and helping the less fortunate.
Sarah was introduced to Seeds of Hope while teaching at Guardian Angels. Since then she’s become assistant principal at Annunciation School and then principal at Assumption School in Denver. Dan now works as the director of clinical services at Dominican Home Health Agency, a nonprofit that provides care for the sick in their homes.
Together they give their time and treasure to support Seeds of Hope and its mission to make a Catholic education available to low-income families. They’ve given for more than six years out of gratitude for their education at Catholic schools and universities. Their strong faith fuels their motivation to give.
“It’s important for us to help out the less fortunate,” said Sarah, who attends St. Dominic Parish in Denver with her family. “It’s a way to express gratitude for the blessings we have. It’s a part of who we are. And I believe strongly in Catholic education and the opportunity for the child to know Christ through education. It’s how I was raised.”
It’s how Dan was raised, too. During childhood, Dan frequently donated materials to a mission in his hometown Grand Rapids, Mich., which led him to volunteer during spring break in graduate school at DePaul University in Chicago and later serve the poor in Denver.
“The people I met on this journey changed my life and inspired me to move to Denver a year later to join the Colorado Vincentian Volunteer program, and commit my life to serving the underserved and vulnerable in our community,” Dan said.
This life of service led to support of Seeds of Hope that Sarah says is contagious.
“It’s a contagious feeling looking at what we’re all doing together and being a part of something bigger, and knowing that we’re contributing in a small way to the collective effort to educate children,” she said.
Dan and Sarah’s take on giving
Q: How did you learn about the importance of giving?
Sarah: It’s built in and engrained in who are we. Both Dan and I have very generous parents as well. Our parents are also Catholic and committed to the Church. It was in grade school and high school that I first volunteered at a hospital in Ohio. My mother did the same thing. It’s like we’re following in the footsteps of our parents’ idea of service.
Dan: From a very young age, my parents instilled the importance of giving back and giving of your time. A focus on service drove me to take a spring break trip while studying nursing at De Paul University in Chicago. Now I’m a home health nurse for the Dominican Home Health Agency. I’m passionate about supporting health-related organizations serving the elderly and under served in our community.
Q: What do you think are the benefits of giving?
Sarah: For us, it’s the opportunity to share. It’s a way to give back. It’s a way to feel connected to others. Through service and giving, it’s an opportunity for us to be connected to a cause that we believe in. And giving can be contagious. We hope we can be an example to our family, friends and the people we meet in Denver. Together, when we combine our giving with others, we can go a long way in supporting our Catholic schools.
Dan: It allows agencies and organization to continue doing their great work, and giving is a way we can live out the Corporal Works of Mercy in our daily lives. It’s a great tax deduction, too.