Loras College

Loras College associate professor earns service award

Robert Waterbury

Nancy Fett has taught at the College for 23 years

DUBUQUE, Iowa – A Loras College associate professor of social work has earned an award for her dedication to the ideals of faith, service and community in her life and work from the Amate House, a volunteer program of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Nancy Fett, who has taught at Loras for 23 years, will receive the Amate House Founder’s Award at its annual benefit, “Amate Magic,” April 21 in Chicago.

“It’s humbling to be honored in this way,” she said. “My time at Amate really impacted me and shaped my passion for serving others, working with teens, assisting women through education and employment services, and helping men and women to become self-sufficient through education.”

Fett is an alumna of the Amate House from 1990-91, has worked with inner-city youth in the Chicago area and spent two years as program director for the “I Have A Dream” Foundation.

She also serves on the board for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque and on grant-making boards for Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States and Winter Games Special Olympics Committee and is a candidate for Iowa House in District 57.

Since its founding in 1984, Amate House has been dedicated to providing young adults with opportunities for personal, professional, and spiritual growth. Its program is designed to support and form leaders for the church and world, as well as to provide services in response to the needs of the poor and marginalized.

Each year, Amate House volunteers devote a year of their lives to serving in Chicago. These young adults live in community houses in the neighborhoods where they serve, spend more than 40 hours a week performing critical tasks at financially-strapped nonprofits, parishes, and schools in the city, and participate in a formation program that encourages them to understand and explore the link between Christian faith and service.

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