|eNews | March 2019
PACE Participant Celebrates 101 Years
PACE is proud to honor Ida Cesana, the oldest and only Centenarian enrolled in the PACE GNO program at the Shirley Landry Benson PACE Center at
St. Cecilia. Ida started coming to the adult day health center five days a week
last fall, receiving transportation from her house to the center and back. PACE
provides her medication at home and nursing care in the center with clinic
visits on a monthly basis.
in 1918, Ida Bersano Cesana grew up in Torino, Italy. At a young age, Ida took
a great interest in dance and eventually became a prima ballerina with a
touring ballet company and a ballet dancer for the circus. A big soccer fan,
she was the first woman to start a “futbol” team in Torino. During WWII, she
married Augusto Cesana, an Italian soldier who became her daughter Elsa’s
stepdad. In 1947, the family to Venezuela where Ida opened a restaurant and had
her second child, George.
Read more about Ida's impactful life and the services she receives at PACE.
Made In Americorps
Last week was
National Americorps Week, and we are celebrating by shining a light on Lea
Robinson. Lea’s participation as an AmeriCorps member while still enrolled in
college was so positive that she chose to continue to serve after graduating. Currently, she coordinates Immigration and Refugee Services’ new Family Literacy initiative
that officially launched on March 8th. Family Literacy
services provide informal drop-in tutoring for children, teens, and adults. Participants
can receive assistance with English language skills, homework, financial and
computer literacy, Spanish Hi-Set prep, naturalization preparation, job
searching, and resume building every Monday & Thursday 3pm – 5:30pm and
Fridays from 10am-3pm.
Working for CCANO’s
Immigration and Refugee Services, Lea encounters people of all different
backgrounds and builds bridges by training and guiding volunteers to help their
local community flourish. She explained, “I love to see people come together to
learn and change. Being an AmeriCorps member has taught me to be more
accountable for my community. Before joining AmeriCorps, I did not know how
important it was to be an active community member. Seeing the change that
AmeriCorps members make within a community is eye-opening.”
Read more about Lea's experience as an Americorps member here.
AHCA Campaign Surpasses Goal
your help, we surpassed our annual Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal campaign
goal of $1.85 million this month! Your dedicated support and generosity ensures
that more than 77,000 local men, women, and children receive the care they
deserve through our 30+ life-giving programs.
in-kind donations or grants, gifts to the campaign raise crucial undesignated
funds that allow Catholic Charities to respond swiftly, effectively, and compassionately in times of crisis since the campaign’s inception in 1965.
the campaign raises funds for many of the same needs still facing our community:
housing, healthcare, education, emergency response, and more. It is because of
donors like you that we are able to serve the homeless, hungry, elderly,
at-risk youth, pregnant women, formerly incarcerated, and many more. We look
forward to continuing to work with you to foster hope for the future of
Learn more about the AHCA.
weekend, parishioners of St. Agnes Le Thi Thanh parish came together under the
guidance of Sr. Theresa Nguyen for their annual Walk for the Hungry event to
support the CRS Rice Bowl. Learn how you can participate in the CRS Rice Bowl efforts.
Volunteer with Immigration & Refugee Services' Family Literacy Initiative
Immigration and Refugee Services just kicked off their Family Literacy services and need your help! They are looking for individuals who would like to work with children. No education or knowledge of any languages is required other than English. Sign up today!
Mark Your Calendar!
March 19 - Immigration & Reguee Services Job Fair, 1-4PM at 2505 Maine Ave
March 20 - Volunteer Information Session, 4PM at 1000 Howard Ave
March 26 - Peace Prayer Walk, 5PM at St. John the Baptist