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.
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.”