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MIFA’s Something Good in Memphis campaign is designed to celebrate those who make Memphis better, whether it’s the stranger who helps change your flat tire in the rain or a human services pioneer who changes the lives of a hundred poor Memphians. Sometimes people tend to focus on the bad and forget the good, but we see reminders of the good in Memphis every day!


Recognizing someone is quick and easy – just send us an email! Acknowledge friends, neighbors,and colleagues whose daily efforts or remarkable deeds embody the spirit of positive action in our community. Thank you for being a part of the good in Memphis!


The Something Good in Memphis project was created by MIFA in 2009 to advance our vision of uniting the community through service. Our mission is supporting the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through high-impact programs. Our values are to welcome and respect all people, act with integrity, value individual initiative and ability, serve individuals and the community as an act of faith, and balance humanitarian goals with sound business practices. Learn more about MIFA here





the good in memphis

Sarah Cate puts children first



Sarah Cate is recognized for her inspiring volunteer work with at-risk children at First Church and the FirstWorks @ the Corners.

For 10 years, Sarah has donated her time and talents to help change the lives of children. In 2003, Sarah, a new downtowner, visited First United Methodist.She chose this church at the suggestion of her mother who said, “find the Methodist Church on the corner.”

Sarah was drawn to their outreach programs. She began working with the bus ministry children and helped expand the Sunday’s children’s programs. Now Sarah is a popular Sunday school teacher of K and first grade. After Sunday school, Sarah can be found sitting with the children during worship. First Church’s Rev. Andy Rambo remarked, “I have witnessed how Sarah touches the lives of the kids. She has a unique ability to see in kids what God sees - not what we see. She teaches them, plays with them, and corrects them with the love of Christ in a humble yet magnetic way. First Church is blessed to have Sarah serving with us.”

At FirstWorks, Sarah teaches third graders. She helps to fill a void in the children’s lives and serves as role model. Sarah said, “It is critical to give the children a safe and consistent place to come to and encourage them to connect with the same smiling faces.” FirstWorks Director Amy Pearson remarked, “Sarah is steadfast in her love for God's children. Showing up consistently tells the children they are loved and a priority to Sarah. She is an inspiration to me.”

By profession, Sarah is a busy accountant. Yet, she spends every Tuesday evenings at FirstWorks and every Sunday at First Church, teaching and volunteering with the children.

When asked why Sarah spends her free time helping children she said, “The natural response to feeling God's love is to love others - and these kids are easy to love. They live in poverty and violence, but they still smile and have joy. When I'm with them I'm exactly where I should be. I was raised to believe we serve God by serving others…and First Church and FirstWorks is full of people who live to serve God and others.”

First Church and FirstWorks are privileged to have such a dedicated volunteer as Sarah Cate.

Nominated by Sandra Matthias.
Posted by Ellen Whitten at 1:15 PM