Sr. Barb Kane moved on from her ministry as the Director of the Dominican Learning Center in 2018, but she is still involved with the Springs Learning Center in New Haven, CT, while she ministers as a Chaplain Intern at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael Hospital.
A grant provided by The Leadership Collaborative and Catholic Extension with the generosity of the GHR Foundation helped her to assist families who utilize the Springs Learning Center who have been hurt by the COVID-19 19 pandemic.
The Center serves the New Haven Latino community with English language tutoring and citizenship preparation. Many of the Center’s learners lost their jobs and suffered economic hardship during the months of pandemic shutdown.
The Center’s tutors and learners have good personal relationships. When the Center reopened in September, the tutors shared that some of the learners still had not been reemployed and were in danger of being evicted.
Rosa and her husband were employed for over 18 years with a company that cleaned school buildings but lost their jobs when the school found another vendor. Tutor Laura shared this information with Center director Sr. Margaret Mary Kennedy, and thanks to this gift from The Leadership Collaborative and Catholic Extension, the Center was able to help this family stay on their feet.
Sr. Margaret Mary is the tutor for Aurelia, who with her husband and two sons live in New Haven. Aurelia was a preschool assistant teacher before COVID-19 but was laid off. Her husband does landscape work, but jobs have been scarce. Aurelia was in tears with the Center’s gift. She hopes to return to work in the fall.
Sr. Barbara says, “It’s an honor for me, as a Dominican Sister of Peace, to see the joy on the faces of Rosa and Aurelia as we helped them maintain their homes.”