Restoring Possibilities Program at Padua Center

Padua Center

Miss Nancy Young, an associate and retired TPS teacher, instructs a child in the “Restoring Possibilities” program.

The “Restoring Possibilities” program, a program for expelled children at the Padua Center in Toledo, Ohio where Sister Virginia Welsh is the  Executive Director. The program is designed to work one-to-one with the expelled child. Since January they have serviced six different children who would otherwise spent their days out of school with no academic progress noted. Five of the students have returned to their respective schools and their have been no further incidents with these children.

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Project Hope – Proyecto Esperanza


Project Hope, based in Archbold, Ohio, provides professional legal services and educates immigrants about their rights and responsibilities of living in the United States. The organization’s mission is to support immigrant integration and, as its name implies, give hope to immigrant families working and living in northwest Ohio (and beyond).

Project Hope was founded in 2006 by Sister Ellen Lamberjack, who has extensive experience on working with immigration related matters across the nation. When Sister Ellen became aware that at least one hundred and nineteen immigrants had requested legal services in the Archbold area, Project Hope came as a natural succession to her already very accomplished mission to provide support for immigrants.   The establishment of Project Hope was supported by the Zion Mennonite Church, which provides the project with all the required facilities.  The collaboration between Project Hope and the church continues to be invaluable, and much of the tutoring offered by Project Hope is undertaken by members of the Mennonite church.

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Congratulations Sister Karen Lindenberger

Sister Karen Lindenberger was recently named the 2015 Community Woman of Distinction by  Soroptimist International of Canton/Stark County, Ohio. New Picture-Sr. Karen

Sister Karen was recognized for her tireless work with the Hispanic community, especially with the women and children she serves so faithfully. The mission of Soroptimist International is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic improvement. 


 The people pictured are all from St. Anthony/All Saints Parish (both Hispanic and Anglo and staff) who attended the dinner to show their support for Sister Karen.  Their  presence was a surprise. She thought only Karen Feller and Sister Roberta Doneth would be there.

Karen Feller nominated Sister Karen for the award. At the ceremony Esmeralda Guizar Negrete gave a testimony regarding what Sister Karen did for her and her family when they first arrived to the United States.


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Group in Seneca Co. getting shelter ready

Nonprofit to house 5 sex-trafficking victims

srmaryTIFFIN — Eight years after the Tiffin Franciscans opened their convent to human trafficking survivors, an affiliated organization is readying a shelter that will give trafficked women a safe place to stay.

The nonprofit Sisters in Shelter plans to open a Seneca County shelter in January that will accommodate up to five women and provide specialized help for those forced into sex and labor trafficking.

The house, donated by Mercy Tiffin Hospital, will be unique in northwest Ohio, officials said, and will help fill a desperate need for survivors of a widespread criminal activity.

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