Thursday, 29 December 2011 12:53

Drum for Peace

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When the Poor Handmaids gathered and created a musical CD, they did not know the ripple effect that effort would create. Sales of those songs purchase elk hides. The elk hides are used by creative youth in Chicago to make their own handmade drums. The drums bring a message of PEACE to a Chicago neighborhood steeped in violence. A small stone makes many ripples.

“Over 300 youth under the age of 20 perished in Chicago in the past three years, three in the last two months,” said Father Bruce Wellems to the crowd gathered outside the Holy Cross/Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. He challenges parish members to make their own wood drums in the way of Native Americans who believe “If 100 drums beat as one, you can move the earth toward peace.” The drum is central to the Native American community and ceremony and considered to be the heartbeat of the Earth.

Friday, 20 January 2012 09:35

Lindenwood's New Web Site

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3, 2, 1, Lift Off - Lindenwood's new website launched January 17, 2012. It offers a more sophisticated look and ease of use for viewers. Features include additional and enhanced views of our meeting room and grounds, on-line mailing list sign-up, event inquiry form to schedule at Lindenwood and much, much more.

Monday, 30 January 2012 09:11

PNC Helps fund Little Plumbs

PNC helps to fund the Little Plumb program

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and the Allen County Department of Health through their co-sponsored “Lead Poisoning Prevention & Healthy Homes Program,” received a $27,000 grant from PNC Foundation to fund Turnstone's “Little Plumbs” program. This program, created with input from the Healthy Homes staff, helps pre-school children afflicted with lead poisoning receive specialized speech therapy, occupational therapy, early childhood education, and nutritional snacks and meals to prepare them to successfully enter school.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 14:49

Grateful Hearts say Goodbye

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Father Ed Konerman, SJ, retiring after 16 years as Chaplain at the PHJC Ministry Center, celebrated his last Mass in the Ancilla Domini Chapel and the Catherine Kasper Home Chapel on January 29, 2012.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 15:15

PHJC Educate about Human Trafficking

Photo from http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2010/01/09/human-trafficking-news/

Hotels in the Indianapolis area are better equipped to recognize and help victims of human trafficking—thanks to an initiative launched before the February 5 Super Bowl by a group of 11 orders of Catholic women religious in Indiana and Michigan in collaboration with state and local officials and organizations.

The goal of the initiative is to raise awareness about human trafficking, assure that hotel staff receive appropriate training, and distribute educational materials to hotels willing to make them available in lobbies and guest rooms..

Thursday, 09 February 2012 15:35

Burmese center moves north

Samuel Hoffman | Journal Gazette

New partners, but mission to help refugees unchanged


FORT WAYNE - Fort Wayne's Burmese Advocacy Center has reopened in a new location, a move its leadership said reflects a commitment to the ongoing needs of the local refugee and immigrant population.

The 1,200-square-foot space at 2424 Lake Ave. will offer immigrants and refugees services, including family budgeting, job-skills training and placement, health, language and ethnic community leadership training and child-care counseling.

Sojourner Truth House Program Services and Outreach  Assistant, Alice Dawson (left); and Social Worker for Homeless Clients, Pam Key (right)

Come join us for the 13th Annual Walk for Sojourner Truth House on Saturday, May 5 at Froebel Alumni Park in Gary - right across the street from the day center. Walk in solidarity with hundreds of supporters and and the homeless or at-risk women and children of Sojourner Truth House - serving more than 1,500 Northwest Indiana women and children per month!

Thursday, 22 March 2012 16:27

Vatican Official Visits Ancilla College

From left to right; Dr. Michael Galligan-Stierle, President of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues, and Dr. Ron May, President of Ancilla College.

Education and faith was the focus of a visit to Ancilla College by Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues, Wednesday. Archbishop Brugues, a leader in the church’s educational efforts across the globe, came to Donaldson as part of a United States tour of universities and colleges including visits yesterday to Lewis University, Calumet College of Saint Joseph and Ancilla College near Plymouth.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 10:41

SJCHF Program Receives Award for Service

Foundation’s Health Navigation & Medical Interpretation Program  Serving Medical Community and Burmese Refugees and Immigrants Receives Indiana Perinatal Network’s Spirit of Service Communication Award

The Indiana Perinatal Network has announced that the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation’s Health Navigation & Medical Interpretation Program focused on Burmese refugees and immigrants was awarded the Julie A. Foster Spirit of Communication Award. The award is presented to an organization or individual who, among other criteria, demonstrates a history of using communication methods to promote women’s and infants’ health in a community and shows a creative or innovative approach to marketing or communicating with professional or consumer audiences. According to Julia Tipton Hogan, Program Services Coordinator of the Indiana Perinatal Network, “the Foundation’s Health Navigation & Medical Interpretation program was chosen from among a record number of nominees and really stood out.”

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:52

Giving a big hand for little hands

IN USE BY LITTLE HANDS | Some little ones enjoy table time in the new Child Enrichment Center at Sojourner Truth House. | photo by Lillian Beasley

Sojourner Truth House’s Child Enrichment Center a community gift

GARY, IN – March 26, 2012 – A room inside Sojourner Truth House has been converted into a new Child Enrichment Center, thanks to the creativity and generosity of some Northwest Indiana partners.

The newly refurbished room, which opened March 20 at the Gary day center, is intended to inspire interaction, in a healthy environment, among homeless and at-risk mothers and their children who are clients of Sojourner Truth House.

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