A special message: ‘One neighbor helping another’

December 15, 2010 by

The Neighbor to Neighbor center in downtown Concordia is not even a year old — and it’s outgrowing its space! Now we need your help to expand into the second floor of our building at 103 E. Sixth St.

From Monday through Friday, three Sisters of St. Joseph — Jean Befort, Ramona Medina and Pat McLennon — and a number of volunteers offer classes and services that range from one-on-one tutoring for GED exams and book studies to providing a place to do laundry or take showers and classes in sewing, baking, lacemaking and household budgeting. Individual counseling services are also available as needed, as is help in navigating the social services maze. And, for some moms, the center has become a place to go with their young children, to give the kids a chance to play and the moms a chance to befriend other moms.

There is never any cost to the women taking part; all the programs are offered free, with funding coming from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, a handful of grants and individual donations.

“This is about one neighbor helping another,” as Sister Ramona explains it.

As renovation of the second floor began on Dec. 1, so did a fundraising drive to pay for the building materials and furnishings. Each gift of just $24.33 will pay for one square foot of badly needed additional space in the center.

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One Response to “A special message: ‘One neighbor helping another’”

  1. Jane on January 16th, 2011 6:05 pm

    Congratulations , Jean, Pat, and Ramona—and to all those who have made N2N a real “home” and a place to come alive!

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