Sister Nanette Mary Zeimet, SND, was honored for her role as a House of Champions Founding Mother during the Ninth Annual Event for the Patience and George Humphrey Society present by Metro Catholic Schools. The Patience and George Humphrey Society was created to recognize the sustaining support of Metro Catholic School by individuals, foundations and corporations who share a mission to empower dreams of young people in Cleveland’s inner-city. Sr. Nan along with Sister Mary Kay Conkey, OSU and Sister Karen Bohan, OSU, took a dream to reality in 2013, founding House of Champions, a West 47th Street house, that welcomed eight children for an after school program.
Built on a desire to create a better life for urban children and their families, House of Champions was created to provide a nurturing and safe setting where children have the opportunities to learn the life shills that give them the confidence to succeed. Sr. Nan felt that children just needed to be children. In her experience, she found that often children in urban environments come from dysfunctional homes of abuse, addictions, crime or poverty. The hope was to instill positive habits in the children and support family efforts in promoting education.
Since 2013, this ministry has served 33 children. Soon, an additional house for 16 will be built. This will allow for 24 children, per school year, to participate in this after school program. The accepted children come from Metro Catholic School, Urban Community School and St. Rocco School. Children receive guidance from volunteers who assist with homework and have an evening meal in a family-like atmosphere.
Congratulations to Sr. Nan, Sr. Mary Kay and Sr. Karen! Their dream became a reality giving children the opportunity to experience the love these three sisters and the dedicated core of volunteers.