White’s Residential & Family Services is excited to announce that previous Foster Parent and friend, Duane Truss, was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash Award by Senator Jim Banks of Wabash County on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The honorary award is given to individuals who have rendered distinguished service to the state or to the governor.
Truss has served on numerous committees, boards and organizations in the Wabash area, including 50 years of service in the 4-H program. Positions he has held include commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post, commander of its Honor Guard and secretary/treasurer of the Wabash cemetery board.
“I had no idea I was receiving the award,” exclaimed Truss. “I feel very blessed.”
Truss and his wife Bonnie were foster parents for White’s for 25 years, taking in over 60 young boys, some who call and visit the Trusses to this day. “We tried to make an impression on them with the idea to get them jobs, teach them about a savings account and to prepare them for the outside world.”
For 163 years, White’s has stood in the gap for children in crisis, partnering with foster parents who feel called to provide nurturing and safe homes, “We are so proud to call the Trusses friends of White’s,” said Hazel Hooven, Vice President of Family Services at White’s. “Their commitment to serving those around them truly displays their faith and beliefs.”
The Truss’ convictions in serving others have left an impact on the White’s Foster Parent Program. As the need for loving foster homes increases, White’s strives to reach those adults who feel called to love children through the ministry of foster parenting.