Catholic Charities

Queen of Peace Center’s help seen as saving lives

Kristy Pomirko, right, came to Queen of Peace Center in 2012 when she was pregnant with her first child and addicted to drugs. She credits her recovery, success in gaining employment and motherhood to the program. She talked with Susan Bevineau, who is celebrating 22 years in recovery this Christmas.

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.

Volunteering with Honor Flight is highlight for DB student

Wil Heimberger dressed as a World War II-era soldier at a recent Honor Flight homecoming in front of a display with memorabilia he brought. The Bishop DuBourg High School student volunteers with the Honor Flight organization.

Bishop DuBourg High School has an authority on an important era in U.S. history — World War II — although Wil Heimberger isn't a teacher or a visitor from that era.

Heimberger is a student who's taken his interest beyond a hobby to volunteer at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services' Mother of Perpetual Help assisted living and the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight.

Four stars for financial health, accountability, transparency

Catholic Charities of St. Louis has attained a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest rating given by the charity rating group.

Five Catholic non-profits named as top workplaces in St. Louis

Sedrick Williams, a case manager at Marygrove, worked with Nicholas, who made his daily check in at the University of St. Louis web portal to check in on financial aid.  Having been moved around in 14 different foster homes, the high school senior found inner strength at Marygrove and is graduating with honors to go and study engineering at Mizzou starting this summer. Marygrove have often been through multiple, failed placements in other residential facilities or foster homes. Many come from abusive, violent and severely disruptive family situations; some come from failed adoptions; and, in a few instances, children are discharged from psychiatric hospitals directly to Marygrove. Most of the residents are diagnosed with behavioral and psychiatric disorders as a result of abuse and neglect.

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.

Catholic Charities' realignment of resources targeting poorest areas

The Father Tolton Center, which provides meals to the homebound, will close June 30 as part of a realignment of St. Francis Community Services. The St. Louis Area Agency on Aging will offer meals in the area. Last year, Roger Dickson brought a meal to Araceli Domenden through the Father Tolton Center program.

A realignment of resources at St. Francis Community Services will refocus efforts in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties as well as north and south St. Louis and respond to impoverished families through a new effort based on areas of greatest need. St. Francis Community Services is a federated agency of Catholic Charities of St. Louis.

Catholic Charities, other agencies provide hope, comfort to flood victims

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | @aeternusphoto
Sheri Mott, above, and Jay Grim currently live in a small trailer at the KOA campground, where Grim works. They were helped at a multi-agency resource center in Franklin County by Catholic Charities, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and others. The MARCS assess needs of flood victims

Maureen Quinn put Sheri Mott and Jay Grim at ease as they sat across the table, even drawing smiles from the couple from Pacific left homeless by massive flooding along the Meramec River at the end of December.

Those smiles have been hard to come by for the couple whose three-bedroom rental home was inundated with water. They're now staying in a small trailer at a campground east of Pacific.

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