Susan Sedgewick wins the 2011 Ruth Rappaport Wisdom Award

Capitol Hill Group Ministry is proud to announce that Susan Sedgwick was awarded the 2011 Ruth Rappaport Wisdom award at this year’s 8th Annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service. Susan was unanimously selected from an extensive pool of nominees for her invaluable volunteer services to our Capitol Hill community.

The Ruth Rappaport Wisdom Award seeks to recognize the work of one individual annually that has displayed remarkable warmth, wisdom, and commitment to the Capitol Hill Community. Carrying on the indomitable spirit and tradition of an exceptional woman, a person that is an inspirational mentor to us all.

Ruth Rappaport was a founding member of the Hill Havurah, and a longtime friend and supporter to Capitol Hill Group Ministry.  Her remarkable journey through life took her as a German runaway in Switzerland during the Holocaust to Seattle, Washington where she quickly became a leader in the West Coast’s Jewish community. She went on to witness firsthand the 1948 Siege of Jerusalem before eventually become a librarian for the Defense Department throughout Southeast Asia and Vietnam. Eventually Ruth came back to the states and worked at the Library of Congress for 22 years. Through all the difficulties that life through her way she always found a way of touching those around her.

Ruth’s service to the community spanned decades.  From serving on the US Bicentennial Committee or helping to keep Sewell Belmont House as a historic structure to her engagement on the Eastern Market and the Stanton Park Neighborhood Association Ruth’s since volunteerism and service to the community knew no limits. Leaving behind some very large shoes to be filled.

Susan Sedgewick, a resident of Capitol Hill since 1979, lived in seven eastern cities before attending Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.  Upon earning her master’s degree in statistics, she provided 26 years of service to the federal government.  After retiring in 1995, Susan developed a patchwork of community activities which introduced her to people from whom she could continue to learn and grow as a person.

Through her volunteer efforts with Capitol Hill Group Ministry, she has for years assisted CHGM’s staff with helping our neighbors in need. Without Susan’s invaluable assistance, programs such as the St. Mark’s Summer Shelter Project, Hope-For-The-Homeless Golf Tournament, and the Thanks-GIVING Food Basket Program would not be nearly the success that they are today.  Susan is a perfect example of how volunteer commitment and leadership can truly make a difference in your community.

The award is presented annually at the Thanksgiving Interfaith Service which is a celebration of the Capitol Hill community and congregations that support Capitol Hill Group Ministry. This Interfaith Services is an opportunity for all of the Capitol Hill community to come together and lift a prayerful voice of concern for those in our neighborhood still in need, and to celebrate those who in faith are called to serve those in need.