Sr. Annette Winter, OP, Great Bend, KS

Sr. Annette Winter, OP

Sr. Annette Winter has volunteered at Catholic Charities for years. In fact, the charity nominated Sr. Annette for the “Volunteer of the Year” award from RSVP/VIA of Central Kansas, with which she was honored in 2017.

“I enjoy volunteering at Catholic Charities because it is gratifying to help people in need,” Sr. Annette says. “It is good to see them leaving with smiles on their faces.”

With that in mind, it is no surprise that Sr. Annette channeled a portion of her Sisters on the Frontlines grants from Catholic Extension and GHR foundation into that organization.

Sr. Annette Winter, OP, packs personal essentials for the needy in Kansas.

Because people have not been able to come to the Catholic Charities offices to pick up needed items, Sr. Annette has been taking requests over the phone, packing bags of food or personal items, and in some cases, delivering those bags to those in need.

“Taking bags to the homes of the people we serve has been an eye-opener for me, says Sr. Annette. “I now see areas of our city that I never knew were there. It makes me grateful for how I was raised and grateful for all I have now.”

Sr. Annette feels that the grant came in God’s time, as she got a call from a homeless woman on the same day that she received the funds. Sr. Anette was able to pay for two weeks in a hotel for this woman so that she could be safe while sourcing grants for permanent housing.

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Sister Susan Olson, Columbus, OH

Sr. Susan Olson, OP

As the Coordinator of the Dominican Sisters of Peace Columbus Motherhouse, Sr. Susan Olson’s daily contact with our elderly Sisters has kept her from in-person ministry. While the impact of the pandemic has weighed on her heart, her vow of poverty does not always allow her to help as many as she would like. The #SistersontheFrontlines grants from The Leadership Collaborative with the cooperation of  Catholic Extension through the generosity of GHR Foundation have given her that opportunity. #CatholicSistersWeek

Sr. Susan used part of her grant to purchase food and personal items, and with the help of Sisters in the Columbus Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, packed 50  backpacks for the homeless community in Columbus.  The backpacks were donated to the United Methodist Church for All People on the South side of Columbus, where they were distributed to those who need assistance.

Sisters Andre Kravec, OP and Mary Jo Knittel, OP, pack bags for the homeless in Columbus, OH.

Sr. Susan’s other ministry is that of a virtual voice instructor for music students. She has a great love of the arts and chose to use part of her grant to assist a graphic artist whose business was suffering during the pandemic with some of her expenses.

“This grant allowed me to offer some support to two populations that are near and dear to my heart.  What I hope has been a hand up for these two groups will be experienced by their good works rippling out to our larger community.”

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