Who We Are
We are a network of caring volunteers who assist seniors to live safely and independently with respect and dignity. We help Adults 60+ who require temporary or long-term assistance in Washburn County and cannot obtain or afford help elsewhere.
Do you have a neighbor, friend, or family member who would appreciate a little extra help or companionship? If so, it's the perfect time to give them the Gift of Independence by telling them about Faith in Action.
Office Hours 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Bridget Rongner - Director
Bridget joined Faith in Action in September 2016 as the Program Assistant and transitioned into the role of Director in August 2017. She moved to Spooner with her husband and two sons in 2015. Bridget is on the Board of Directors at the Spooner Memorial Library and the Home and School Association at her boys' school. She enjoys volunteering, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
"It's a blessing to be a part of an organization where I am consistently interacting with grateful recipients and generous volunteers. I get to see the good in people on a daily basis, a wonderful perspective indeed! I'm so thankful for the people, organizations, and businesses in our community who support us!"
Melina Dernovsek - Program Assistant
Melina joined Faith in Action in August of 2017. She spent the last 11 years as a stay-at-home mom to her three children. Melina is active in her children's school and is busy attending her children's sporting events. She enjoys reading, dreaming up home renovations, and spending time with family.
"I am so excited to join Faith in Action and its mission to serve the seniors in our community. I am enjoying getting to know the volunteers and recipients that make our organization great! I have been blessed to find a job that feeds my soul. I am truly doing God's work."
*Additional project specific support provided by: Carmen Halvorson, Anna DeMers, and Rebecca Brunner-Stroede
The History of Interfaith Volunteer Caregiving and Faith in Action Programs
In 1984, twenty-five interfaith coalitions (congregations of churches, temples, and synagogues) began to experience the strength and effectiveness of working together in a ministry of volunteer caregiving. Aware of the great unmet needs of so many in our country, a national federation was formed with a single purpose: to assist congregations of all faiths to come together to provide an effective volunteer caregiving ministry. Today, there are about 1,000 Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver and Faith in Action projects throughout the United States, Washington DC, and the territories of Guam and the Virgin Islands. Start-up funds were provided through grants from The Robert Wood-Johnson Foundation.
The Background of Washburn County’s Faith in Action Program
Audrey Gipple, then Director of the Washburn County Unit on Aging, noticed an increasing amount of unmet needs among seniors and disabled residents of the county. She contacted county churches and service agencies and applied for a $25,000 Robert Wood-Johnson Foundation grant. The grant was awarded May 1, 2004.