July 31, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland helps Catholic sisters collaborate to respond to unmet needs in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood

Initially funded by a $20,000 grant from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland’s Collaboration for Ministry Initiative grant program, the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries is a group of Catholic sisters and their lay co-workers who respond to unmet needs in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood. The group includes sisters from the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Ursuline Sisters, Humility of Mary, Notre Dame and the Congregation of St. Joseph, along with laity from colleges,
schools and parishes.

Sister Mary Denis Maher, CSA, writes about the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries in the latest Collaboration for Ministry Initiative newsletter (see below). Click here to read the full newsletter and learn more about diversity among and within ministries of women religious in Northeast Ohio and how sisters strive to create a loving and just community for all. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

Written by Sister Mary Denis Maher, CSA

“To listen, to learn, to respond,” is the vision for the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries, a collaborative project of a group of Catholic sisters and their lay co-workers,” explained Sister Mary Ellen Brinovec, OSU, the coordinator of the group.

Formed out of Women with Spirit Now, and initially funded by a $20,000 grant from the foundation’s Collaboration for Ministry Initiative grant program, sisters from the Ursulines, Humility of Mary, Notre Dame, Congregation of St. Joseph, and Charity of St. Augustine, along with laity from colleges, schools and parishes, are responding to unmet needs of people of the Collinwood area. Drawing from suggestions gathered at resident listening sessions, programs have ranged from talks for the elderly, painting classes, music and prayer, to Doula assistance for pregnant teens. Summer programs include a cancer survivors group for women, crocheting prayer shawls for neighboring nursing home residents, cooking with kids, and a group for teen girls. A special feature of the painting and the crocheting classes is that former residents of Joseph’s Home and a woman’s shelter are teaching the classes.

The majority of these programs take place at the house at 15706 St. Clair Ave., where references for various other needs can be provided. Summer hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call (216)407-1836. Open houses for the religious communities, civic leaders, and donors have been held and other events are planned for the neighborhood, with activities for children in the summer.

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