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Regional ConferenceH I G H L I G H T S church had a large demand for diapers and pull-ups so the Sorority stepped in to meet this re- quest, donating 100 packages of diapers and pull-ups. This donation will as- sist between 50 to 100 families with children. The So- rority also donated 195 personal care cosmetic bags for the women in these families. Sorors of the Central Region can be proud that their donations exceed- ed the established goals. During the event, Dr. Paulette As a part of the Central Region’s Impact Event, sorors were asked to donate items to assist women, children C. Walker, national and families served by the YWCA-Transitional Housing Program, St. Pius V-Immigrant Refugee Program and the fi rst vice president Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition. PHOTO BY ANTHONY CARTWRIGHT and Soror Sandra Lucado, Central re- and individual counseling. The wom- homes in the metro St. Louis area. gional director, pre- en also benefi nancial literacy It supports foster and adoptive par- sented the donations on behalf of t from fi classes, computer training and health ents with training, advocacy, support the Sorority. However, the work did screenings. In addition to provid- groups, newsletters, a resale shop not stop there. Additional donations ing skills, the program also provides and the Little Wishes program. Cen- were received at the conference. The participants “good fi tral Region sorors aimed to provide generosity of the Central Region so- t” housing refer- rals. Skills accompanied by “good fi 60 hours of service to the coalition to rors was echoed throughout St. Louis t” housing referrals are what ensure help them open their resale shop at and will never be forgotten. ▲ the program participants successful its new location. Thirty sorors donat- transition into permanent housing. ed two hours each to meet this goal. CENTRAL REGIONAL CONFERENCE The region set a goal to provide Additionally, sorors gave 40 personal HOST CHAPTERS: the residents with 100 twin and/or care cosmetic bags for the coalition Alpha Omega City-Wide queen-size sheet sets to use on site to distribute to their customers and St. Louis Alumnae and to take with them as they secure volunteers during their grand re- St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae and move into permanent housing. opening. Central Region sorors exceeded this St. Pius V Catholic Church serves CENTRAL REGIONAL CONFERENCE goal and donated 146 sheet sets. Six- as an anchor to the neighborhood CO-COORDINATORS: ty-eight personal care cosmetic bags to provide everyday necessities for Janese Evans, Alpha Omega City-Wide were also provided. newly arrived refugees and to pro- Valerie E. Patton, St. Louis Alumnae The Foster and Adoptive Care vide resources for their acclimation Richelle S. Clark, St. Louis Metropolitan Coalition is a non-profi agency, into their new community. Most of Alumnae t founded in 1989. It is one of the larg- the African refugees served are from est recruiters of foster/adoptive Somalia, Burundi and Liberia. The 35 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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