A Lasting Legacy of Love

When faced with decisions, I find this question cuts to what matters most: What do I want my life to say? It helps to make both big and small decisions: career changes, where to live, attendance at family celebrations, purchase choices, stewardship of gifts entrusted to my care. 

Including JRS/USA in your will or estate plan is an enduring message about your care for refugees and the displaced. Last year, JRS/USA was one of six charity beneficiaries of the remainder from Jane and James Strenski’s donor advised fund at Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. 

Jane and James met at Marquette University, were married 64 years, and raised a family in Chicago. They had a long list of Jesuit connections – a sibling who was a Jesuit, and most of their children were graduates of Jesuit universities. They knew that Jesuit Refugee Service/USA was an extension of the Jesuit network and embodied their values. 

A bequest to JRS/USA affirms your care and concern for those forced to leave their homes. Your legacy will help rebuild lives through education, mental health and psychosocial support, reconciliation, and advocacy.  

The Strenski children did not know about the incredible legacy their parents left to the causes they cared about until after their deaths. They wish they had known. But they know their parents’ lives have impacted thousands and thousands of people who needed their help – even though they will never know their names.  

What do you want your life to say?

   

For more information on how you can create a legacy, contact me at cindy.rice@jrsusa.org or 202-629-5966.