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Act Of Listening: Laura Janssen and Sage Sauder

Mollie Shutt

Act Of Listening is a collaboration between students from the University of Saint Francis and the staff at 89.1 WBOI funded through an AARP grant. Part of the project’s goal was to alleviate loneliness and isolation in older, low-income adults.

Over the 2018-19 school-year, students went out in teams of two and met a variety of older adults in Fort Wayne. One visit was recorded to bring these conversations to a wider audience.


USF students Laura Janssen and Sage Sauder recorded five interviews and conversations about faith, family, and taking risks.

First, we’ll hear from Anita. Anita shares her experiences with marriage and parenthood, which shaped one of the longest chapters of her life. Now divorced, Anita tells Laura what she learned along the way.

Now, we’re going to hear from Bill. In his conversation with Laura, Bill talks about how his journey of faith took him around the world. He also began by reading a poem he wrote before faith became a bigger part of his life.


Next, we’ll hear from Loretta. Loretta values family, faith, and service. In her conversaion with Laura, Loretta talks about finding her purpose.


Our next interview is with Sharon. Sharon talks about her life as part of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and shares advice for the next generation.


Laura Janssen’s last interview was with Tomas. In their conversation, Tomas talks about how his faith guides his life.