Sheila (Born ’94) De Jong Distinguished Service to Humankind
Sheila De Jong is the founder and president of the Katelyn’s Fund orphan ministry. In 2005, she and her husband were preparing to welcome twin girls born in Guatemala. Before they could bring them home, however, one twin died. Katelyn’s Fund, named in their daughter’s memory, now advocates for orphans around the world and provides emotional, prayer and financial support to families pursuing international adoption. Since its inception, it has provided over $1 million in grants to more than 500 families who have adopted children from 41 countries.
Award year: 2016