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Dawn Haas, a professional chef and owner of the former Dawn's Cafe in Cottage Grove, will help an orphanage in Reynosa, Mexico, set up healthier eating practices. Submitted photo

'Where we are called to be'

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It had always been part of Mark and Dawn Haas' 10-year plan to leave their possessions behind and seek out a richer life immersed in volunteerism.


Active in the Crossroads Church community and at area soup kitchens, the Cottage Grove couple yearned to do more. After several mission trips to an orphanage in a small town in northern Mexico tugged at their heartstrings, they decided to make their visit permanent and will soon drive 1,500 miles to live in Reynosa, Mexico.

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