Janet Smith Lowe

 Molly Shirk Jessup-Austin  Raytown High School, Class of 1961

Janet Smith Lowe, Raytown South High School Class of 1970

Janet Smith Lowe attended elementary through high school in the Raytown School District graduating from Raytown South in 1970. Growing up in Raytown Janet never envisioned living a life that would take her worldwide. For 21 years Janet traveled extensively with her Air Force husband, where they served as United States diplomats in three overseas embassies.

While in Manila, Republic of the Philippines and Honduras, Mrs. Lowe coordinated and oversaw the Humanitarian Medical visits of Operation Smile, an international organization performing surgical repair of cleft lip and cleft palates. In Honduras she supported and helped remodel a local orphanage. During her time in Panama, she continued her role with orphans and helped couples desiring to enlarge their families through the complicated procedures of adoption.

In 2004 Janet and her husband returned to Raytown and found there was a need in the community for basic services for both families and individuals. What the Lowes saw in their own community gave rise to a vision of providing services for the needy. Utilizing her energy and ability to organize, Janet established Hope Network. Janet Lowe currently serves as the Executive Director for Hope Network, a community assistance organization for people residing in the Raytown School District. The organization provides a variety of essential services, including a food and clothing pantry, a monthly mass food distribution in conjunction with Harvester’s International, a weekly feeding program providing hot meals for those in need, a vehicle distribution program for qualified applicants, and a health and dental clinic.

Janet also spends time telling children stories of the challenges encountered while living in foreign countries. Mrs. Lowe and her husband, Tony, also a 1970 Raytown South High graduate, have been married 40 years. They have a daughter, Amy, and two granddaughters, Alexis and Andrea.