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Warm hearts reign at residence for the elderly poor

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Just after the New Year, Mary Louise Doetsch sat at a table at the St. Louis Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor folding cloth napkins, with about a dozen or so in a pile waiting for her caring touch. The 89-year-old resident, a former St. Gabriel parishioner in south St. Louis, conversed with other residents in the room, joking and laughing with them.

Doetsch loves everything about the residence, explaining that there's things to do for everyone.

"If you're bored, you're bored because you want to be," she said.

Bentley’s owners touched by treatment facility’s mission

Lisa Senafe and her children, Miles, 8 months, and Sebastian, 4, visited the chapel at St. Vincent Home in Normandy Nov. 2. Senafe stopped by to drop off a first batch of holiday gifts from her business, Bentley’s Pet Stuff, for the children served by the agency.

Lisa and Giovanni Senafe, owners and founders of Bentley's Pet Stuff, could have picked any children's agency in the 10 states where they have stores to support this Christmas.

They chose St. Vincent Home for Children in Normandy, and will provide Christmas gifts for the children at the home. The Senafes are passionate about helping pets — that's their business after all — but they're also passionate about helping children in need. It counters a criticism of people who assist agencies helping stray pets at a perceived expense of homeless people, for example.

Billiken Teacher Corps 'rockstars' focus on community, service and students

John James of St. Louis University referred to the inaugural class of the Billiken Teacher Corps as "rockstars."

"That's the standard we set; our first year out of the chute, they had to be rockstars," said James, the assistant professor in the College of Education and Public Service entrusted with the Corps, along with SLU's Father Christopher Collins, SJ.

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