Karen Lee Johnson Memorial Fund
Project for HOPE CENTER

A fund created to honor the life and legacy of Karen Lee Johnson.

A few months ago an idea formed and a small group of
community members gathered to talk about how to help bridge the budget deficit for  HOPE Center and how to honor one of Faribault’s hometown hero’s- Karen Lee Johnson.  

For 33 years Mrs. Johnson was a 3rd grade teacher, showing up every day and sharing her smile, her enthusiasm for learning and most importantly her love.  She stayed active after retiring and was a member of several organizations including AAUW, Delta Kappa Gamma,Friends of the Library, District One Hospital Auxiliary, several Bridge Groups, two breakfast clubs and a book club. She also volunteered at the Clothes Closet when she was able and helped at many AAUW book sales.  Sadly, Karen passed away in May, but her
legacy lives on through all of the children she touched.  Several of her students went on to be teachers and came back to share that she was one of the reasons they choose to teach, continuing her legacy of care and concern for the children life has entrusted to us.

We wanted to honor that commitment to children and to her community and to do that we have started the Karen Lee Johnson Memorial Fund.

To us here at HOPE Center THIS is the way we end domestic and sexual violence.  In the same ways that Mrs. Johnson did-  By showing up every day, by sharing our gifts, by sharing our love, by continuing to contribute in so many ways to a healthier community.  People ask me all of the time “How can I help?” and there are so many answers to that  question, but my first answer is always to “Just show up”. 


Thank you for "showing up" for HOPE Center!

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