Sister Andrea Kantner has been a member of the Sisters of St Francis of the Holy Eucharist for 60 years. She taught in several grade schools staffed by the community in addition to teaching in the Girls' Boarding Academy in Nevada, MO.
In 1977 she helped to open a mission in the Amazon Rain Forest of Brazil. Her work there involved teaching in the public school and adult education programs, assisting in the small Health Clinic and Maternity Hospital owned by the Sisters. She help to establish the 15 small parish communities along the Jurua River.
Upon returning to the States in 1995, she became involved in sending containers of supplies to the Mission in Brazil now staffed by Dominican Sisters. In 2001, she helped to coordinate the first shipments sent worldwide to needy areas. Over 250 shipments of medical and education equipment and supplies have been recycled through the Mission Warehouse ministry assisting both foreign as well as stateside organizations and individuals.
She is a member of the Independence Rotary Club.
Michael Straughn became involved with Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer in 2008, helping with the construction crews and as the Habitat volunteer coordinator for St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Independence. In 2012, he took on the position of ReStore Director and the project of developing Truman Habitat’s first ReStore in Independence and a second ReStore in Blue Springs in 2014.
In November, Michael joined the team of the Franciscan Mission Warehouse to help them market their services and realize more of their potential to provide dignity and medical support to people around the world.
Michael has served on the Board of Directors for the Independence Square Business Association, the Lee’s Summit Social Services Advisory Board, and is a member of the Lee’s Summit Noon Rotary Club.