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Covenant House fills gap for homeless youth

Patience, a client at Covenant House Missouri, is working on her GED and hopes to join the Marines after she completes her degree work. Patience said if she hadn’t stayed at Covenant House Missouri’s transitional living program, she probably would still be bouncing around trying to find permanent housing.

Life is looking up for Patience, a 19-year-old originally from Liberia.

She has a place to stay, takes GED classes and works at a grocery store and a restaurant.

Life wasn't always that rosy, however.

She came to the United States with her grandmother 10 years ago, and her mother and nine siblings still live in Liberia. But Patience struggled in school and left high school. She was referred to Covenant House Missouri for GED classes and enrolled.

Foundation partners with agencies to provide free dental care

Three dentists volunteered to provide free dental services June 17 to clients of St. Patrick Center and Covenant House Missouri who don’t have access to dental care. Dr. Anwar Nabi of Creve Coeur Dentistry worked in the mobile clinic sponsored by Pacific Dental Service Serve Foundation and helped provide almost $10,000 of free dental care.

Derrick Crump was stuffed into a chair, a bright light shining on him. A stranger worked on his teeth in a procedure most people would dread.

Crump couldn't have been happier.

Afterward, standing outside the mobile dental clinic, his mouth still numb, he expressed thanks for the work of the dentist, Dr. Anwar Nabi: "He did a great job. He's smooth, too."

Crump had a tooth pulled that he said had been in decay a long time. "I'm good to go," he said.

'Dose of reality' helps students with career goals

Cecelia Bockius Lowe, chairman of the JG Foundation, talked to participants at a program Jan. 30 at St. Patrick Center Downtown that gave students, most of them undergoing financial adversity, an experience that simulated a budget and career.

Shawn Bracy appreciated the dose of reality that he received by attending a "financial reality lab" at St. Patrick Center on Jan. 30.

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