At the FIRM Fall Banquet, FIRM was pleased to present University Presbyterian Church (UPC) with the Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley Award! The award was started last year to honor the legacy of FIRM’s founding director, Sharon Stanley and the purpose was to award a person or organization that reflected her passion and dedication for the refugee community. University Presbyterian Church has supported FIRM from the very beginning of the ministry and continues to be one of the strongest supporting churches of the organization. They regularly participate in FIRM’s community events and the church’s Presbyterian Women group have wrapped and donated presents for the Christmas event for many, many years. UPC also is home to a Laotian congregation of which, FIRM staff, John Bosavanh leads as their pastor. The reality is that without the support of UPC, FIRM would not be able to serve the community in the way that they do. There are truly too many people to thank by name from the church, but it was an easy decision for the FIRM staff to vote for the recipient this year. Transitional Pastor, Rev. Renee Rico was present to accept the award along with Betty Higdon, Donna Lee Zimmerman, Charlie and Julie Warnes and Lorna Bosavanh. FIRM looks forward to a continued and strengthened relationship with University Presbyterian Church well into the future!