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Women work together to improve their neighborhood

Betty Howard held a batch of Swiss chard she picked from the community garden she helps to maintain. Voices of Women at Midtown Catholic Charities runs a community garden and partners with City Greens Market, a membership-based market that allows access to people of all incomes.

One boy wants to be a chemist, so he's saving money for college expenses. Another youngster is saving to help pay bills, while someone else is putting money aside to pay for senior class dues.

It's all part of the Women's Helping Hands Bank, one of four functions of Voices of Women. The bank offers micro-loans and micro-savings accounts for both adults and children. It also provides families with information that can help them to reach financial stability.

Stress hope, bishop tells Hispanic community

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., listened to Leticia Seitz of Latinos en Axion during a recent visit to St. Louis. Bishop Soto is the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. He later addressed the CCHD’s work with immigrants at the Aquinas Lecture.

Bishop Jaime Soto leaned in to listen to the woman detail her recent communication with U.S. immigration authorities.

Though his visit wasn't about personal struggles, he gave the woman his complete attention, letting her talk and then giving her reassurances of support.

Business incubator is example of justice efforts

It was described as a historic day in the del Carmen test kitchen as Estie Cruz-Curoe and Dan White tasted a batch of aioli for the new del Carmen black bean burger recipe. The name of the company comes from the Spanish title for Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Cruz-Curoe was born on the feast of Our Lady, and so her mother gave her the middle name Carmen.

Christopher Davis had been unemployed for two years. His fiancee suggested St. Patrick Center and its employment programs as a place where he could get help. Perhaps he could then work in the culinary arts, in which he had experience.

Director of CCHD looks for ways to solve issues

Ralph McCloud, the national director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), met with Father Art Cavitt at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish rectory in Ferguson. McCloud works on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in fighting poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities.

Ralph McCloud, the director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Catholic Campaign for Human Development, had what he called "a whirlwind" visit to St. Louis from Sept. 10 to Sept. 13.

He spoke with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, St. Charles Lwanga Center executive director Father Art Cavitt and others in a series of meetings to identify the archdiocese's financial needs as it responds to the violence -- what he called "this sad situation in Ferguson" -- in the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Beekeeping inspires teen entrepreneurs on city's northside

Beekeeping inspires teen entrepreneurs on city's northside

De'jah Cox, Byron Owens and Terrell Anderson wore white-hooded beekeeper suits as they moved toward the boxes in the middle of a vacant lot. Byron held the smoker, designed to keep the bees quiet, as the straps and the lid were taken off to get to the hive, pull it out and check for honey.

No one was stung in the process and all was well with the hive, one of 10 that recently produced 248 pounds of honey for a teen-operated business called Sweet Sensations.

Teens urged to develop community-building projects

An organization of teenagers and young adults that promotes volunteering is offering Peace in Ferguson grants to area youth interested in organizing projects that promote peace in the community.

The mission of VolunTEENnation is to inspire more young people to see themselves as positive change-makers and make an impact in the world.

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