She taught first grade at Alcott elementary school, and then Longfellow.
Jane has been involved in a number of clubs and volunteer organizations, especially at the First Presbyterian Church. She is still an active volunteer with the church’s Wednesday Night Live, a program that provides activities and support to children in grades K-6.
Her most lasting contribution to Hastings is Home Away From Home—affordable lodging for the families of Mary Lanning patients. She had the idea when visiting her mother in the hospital in Saint Joseph. She knew first hand the idea was a good one, and volunteered to start a committee. Pam Kearney was a key supporter of the project. The community embraced the idea and quickly raised $2.6 million for the new medical hospitality house.
The home officially opened in September 1999 and has since welcomed over 18,000 guests from nearly every state and nine countries. Jane and 52 of her friends still make sure fresh cookies are available at Home Away From Home each week.