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Meet SBEC Program Participant: Puspa Koirala
June 1, 2016
Kula Dhaurali, SBEC staff, and Puspa Koirala

Puspa Koirala (right, pictured with Kula Dhaurali, SBEC staff) and his family arrived as refugees in the US from Nepal in November 2009. “It was as though I was blind” is the way in which Puspa described the challenges of navigating a new country with no language, no work, no cultural understanding – everything was new and unfamiliar. At SBEC he learned to see his way through the maze of cultural challenges along with the paperwork, procedures and possibilities one step at a time.

Today, Puspa is employed full time as a Quality Auditor at Plastikos, Inc., having been promoted twice...

St. Benedict Education Center - Request for donation of FANS
May 30, 2016

"At SBEC, all of our participants are on cash assistance. Many are refugees and all are families with children. Often they are living in less than adequate housing," explains Nancy Sabol, Executive Director of St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC). "With the summer months comes unbearable heat, and for many that means a living environment where there is no air conditioning, where they are residing upstairs where the heat is more intense, and in some cases, where the windows don’t even open."

SBEC is requesting your help. If anyone has a fan they could donate, the staff would be...

Growing for Emmaus
May 27, 2016

A local ministry has adopted the Emmaus Food Panty and Soup Kitchen as recipients of the produce it will grow in a six-bed garden outside Grandview Alliance Church, 1102 E. Gore Road.

Fruits of the Spirit is sponsoring the project and organized a weekend fundraiser at three Erie area Bob Evans restaurants. Any customers who mentioned Fruits of the Spirit or presented a special flyer had 15 percent of their bill donated to the project. The money will be used for plants and tools according to organizers Cheryl and Howard Shouse.

Prior to starting the garden project, the Shouses...

Sister Helen Prejean: Her Passion Ignites
May 26, 2016

For more than 30 years Sister Helen Prejean has traveled the world speaking out against the death penalty. This time her travels brought her to Erie, PA. Sponsored by Benedictines for Peace (BFP), Sister Helen presented her thoughts and feelings about this important topic at the Annual BFP Speaker Series held in the chapel at Mount St. Benedict.

“Everyone is worth more than the worse thing they have done,” said Sister Helen repeatedly throughout out the evening as she spoke of the men on death row whom she has companioned over the years. “Sitting at the feet of prisoners destined...

2016 SBA Spring Luncheon
May 25, 2016

A group of St. Benedict Academy (SBA) Alum, 135 strong, gathered at Erie Ambassador Conference Center for the annual Spring Luncheon that included a number of highlights. Reminiscing together created some fun moments for those gathered and lots of camaraderie. The announcement of the 20 winners of education scholarships of $250 each, to children, grandchildren nieces or nephews of Alum was received with excited enthusiasm. In addition, 11 vendors were available for the ladies’ shopping pleasure.

The Class of 1961 took the opportunity to celebrate their class reunion. There were 20...

The Kids Cafe and Young Philanthrophists
May 24, 2016

Dina Rollinger developed a unique bond with the Kids Cafe when she was the Gannon University Work Study Placement in Fall 2015. She never forgot the children and when she was assigned a community project in a leadership seminar class at Gannon recently, she decided to organize a Book Drive that would let each child at the Kids Cafe take home any books they wanted. “It was rewarding to see the children’s excitement when they got to pick a few books,” Dina said. “I hope the books will engage them and promote literacy in their...

Therapy Dogs Play a Vital Role in Work with People of All Ages
May 24, 2016

Sisters Carolann McLaughlin and Rita Groner and their dog, Rusty, were invited to Wayside Presbyterian Church to explain the role of a therapy dog. “It was an opportunity for us to share what makes a good therapy dog and what is involved in the training of both the animal and the handler,” explained Sister Carolann. “It was a wonderful time spent with good people.”

For eight years now Sisters Carolann and Rita and Rusty have been involved with Therapy Dogs United (TDU). The mission of TDU is to inspire physical and...