Neighbor ‘interim program’ now at Motherhouse

September 28, 2009 by

Emily Brown of Concordia, left, chats with Sister Jean Befort this morning during the interim program offered at the Motherhouse as the beginning of Neighbor to Neighbor.

Emily Brown of Concordia, left, chats with Sister Jean Befort this morning during the 'interim program' offered at the Motherhouse as the beginning of Neighbor to Neighbor.


Sister Patricia McLennon plays with 17-month-old Noah Brown during this mornings Neighbor to Neighbor session at the Motherhouse.

Sister Patricia McLennon plays with 17-month-old Noah Brown during this morning's Neighbor to Neighbor session at the Motherhouse.

As the renovation work continues on the new center downtown, Neighbor to Neighbor has started a limited program at the Motherhouse.


Sisters Jean Befort, Patricia McLennon and Ramona Medina — the forces behind the planned center that will offer a wide array of programs for women and women with children — are offering the “interim program” for two hours on Monday and Wednesday mornings. This morning, Emily Brown and her sons Elijah and Noah were on hand for playtime for the boys and conversation for Mom.

Sister Jean, Pat and Ramona invite Concordia women to stop by and talk about what offerings would be valuable to them. Or, you can call the sisters for information, 785-243-9689.

The new center will be at 103 E. Sixth St., and the sisters hope to have the renovation complete by the end of the year so Neighbor to Neighbor can open in early 2010.

This weekend a volunteer crew from the First United Methodist Church in Concordia is expected to spend Saturday helping with interior demolition on the two-story brick building. One the entire building is cleared out, renovations will begin to create the new center.

Sisters Ramona Medina, left, and Patricia McLennon entertain 17-month-old Noah Brown and his brother, Elijah, 2 1/2.

Sisters Ramona Medina, left, and Patricia McLennon entertain 17-month-old Noah Brown and his brother, Elijah, 2 1/2.

Comments

7 Responses to “Neighbor ‘interim program’ now at Motherhouse”

  1. Carm Thibault on October 2nd, 2009 6:47 pm

    So glad to see this new beginning/ at the Motherhouse for awhile which is great for the community there to witness as well! The word will get around — and who knows where it will lead! Blessings, Pat, Jean and Ramona!

  2. Loretta Jasper, csj on October 2nd, 2009 5:16 am

    I concur with Emily’s comment that stay-at-home Mom’s and kiddos benefit so much by play groups, social interaction settings for kiddos and Moms…call them what one chooses.
    Mom’s love kiddos; the isolation of tending to them at home, w. minimal resources to reach out can be a challenge.
    Spread the word, Emily.
    Loretta

  3. Emily Brown on September 29th, 2009 1:05 pm

    Elijah and Noah and I have had so much fun coming and playing with the Sisters. They ask everyday if we can “go play with the nuns” as they like to say, “those fun ladies” they add. Thank you for this program. We were in need of something like this and have found it to be a huge blessing for stay at home moms, or just any mom in need of support and company. Thanks!

  4. Christine Doman,CSJ on September 28th, 2009 10:44 pm

    Thanks, Pat, Jean and Ramona for putting into place the Neighbor to Neighbor Program for mothers and children. The pictures touch my heart strings and must be a great comfort to the women and fun for the children as well.
    Blessings,
    Christine

  5. Jodi Creten, CSJ on September 28th, 2009 11:51 am

    It’s simply seeing a need and responding to it. Thanks, Ramona, Jean and Pat for keeping your eyes wide open and your sleeves rolled up! We’re off to another good start in your ministry there!

  6. Loretta Jasper,csj on September 28th, 2009 11:49 am

    Word of Mouth and being in your permanent center downtown can only result in Standing Room Only service provision. Thanks for this ministry.

  7. Liebe Pellerin on September 28th, 2009 10:11 am

    What a wonderful start to the Neighbor program. The pictures and story tell it well…a ministry of love and care.

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