After the ministry of elementary education, I developed “Women’s Hope”, an initiative of St. Catherine Parish. This program was established as an outreach to low income, African-American women, to encourage and develop creative skills. I worked with these women teaching skills such as sewing, knitting and craft making. Their products were sold, which helped generate additional income for the participants. Over time, the women’s self-confidence grew, and a sense of pride developed.
My next venture found me working with sisters involved in creating handmade items that are sold at the annual BBQ. I established a mission statement for this group that worked to”witness to the creativity of our loving God by using artistic skill and talents in service to our Sisters and the people of God.” I have been the coordinator of the boutique for nearly 10 years. Through the work of many sisters and the lay volunteers, we have expanded the boutique component of our BBQ event.