By Jennifer Brinker | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @jenniferbrinker
More than three weeks since a tornado hit near Perryville, Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been formulating a plan to provide long-term care to households affected by the storm.
The EF4 tornado on Feb. 28 killed one person and leveled several homes and other structures, according to the National Weather Service. Others were left with extensive damage.
Catholic Charities of St. Louis was among agencies that participated March 4 in a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC), a one-stop shop, if you will, to provide information and disaster-related assistance.
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A smiling Kristy Pomirko, bubbly and chatty, turns serious when assessing the impact Queen of Peace Center had on her.
"I'm very thankful. Without Queen of Peace Center, I would not be sitting here today. I'd either be in jail, an institution (prison) or dead," she said.
Queen of Peace Center, a Catholic Charities agency, is a family-centered behavioral health care provider for women with addiction, their children and families. The recovery center provides a variety of treatment options to women with co-occurring disorders and those affected by trauma.
Rewards come in small but special moments for Marygrove employees
Like, at a grocery story, when a former resident, all grown up now, warmly greets a staffer who positively influenced his life.
"That's very powerful," said Kathryn Feldt, Marygrove's chief development officer.
Or when they see Marygrove youngsters play for the first time on sports teams or learn to swim, ride bikes or to drive. Or when they see on Facebook that a former resident lists Florissant as his home town because, well, that's where Marygrove is.