Heritage Society Members Share Their Blessings

“We think it's important to give back, and this is a great way to do it."

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Susan and Terry Sage of Leawood have a straightforward explanation for their involvement in MLM’s Heritage Society.

“There are so many who are less fortunate,” Terry explained. “We are very blessed.”

There is a lot more, of course, but that perspective lies at the heart of their joining the Heritage Society, which is comprised of stakeholders who have notified MLM that they have made a planned gift.

Both also bring experience with MLM programs, other volunteers and staff. About nine years ago, Terry was between jobs and decided to use his free time as a volunteer with Blessings Abound, the thrift store that provides major support to MLM and the Lutheran Urban Mission Agency. That service, which included a stint on the store’s board of directors, led the couple to MLM and volunteering for Saturday breakfast and food distribution programs like MLM’s BackSnack effort for school children.

“It just got to where we are really involved,” Susan said. “We found that it’s a really good organization.”

Terry, who now has nearly two decades in retail businesses, including a stint as a storeowner, said MLM’s operations are impressive.  “Everyone (at MLM) really believes in what they are doing,” he said. “They are really committed.”

Susan, who works as an interior designer after a career in clothing design, noted several of their friends and acquaintances are also Heritage members. “We know others who have done this,” she said. “We think it’s important to give back, and this is a great way to do it. It’s also fun; it’s enjoyable.”

The couple also enjoys traveling and recently completed longterm remodeling and landscaping projects to their home with a specific goal in mind. “We want it right before we retire,” Terry laughed. “I don’t want to be working on it then.”

Heritage Society gifts take many forms, but all of them help provide a critical continuity to services to help the homeless and needy of Greater Kansas City.