News & Events for March

12 Steps Forward – Humility as Resilience

Join Sr. Quincy Howard for an hour-long retreat focused on the 12 Steps of Humility.  Sr. Quincy will give a taste of the breadth and depth of these spiritual tools based on 6th Century Benedictine spirituality, as articulated by Joan Chittister in Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life. While we recommend reading her book, which provides additional depth and rich insights into the 12 Steps, a synopsis of each step will be provided for reflection during the retreat.  How can incorporating these steps into our daily routines help us be more resilient and authentic as we move through adversity and times of instability.

Sr. Quincy Howard, OP serves as the Coordinating Director of advocacy, outreach and campaigns for the Faithful Democracy coalition and works on the Government Relations team at NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice in Washington, DC .

All ladies are welcome for this enlightening evening!

Sign up and more information https://tinyurl.com/WOOLent2021

Justice Matters Monthly Speakers

February Focus: Food Insecurity

Justice Matters welcomed Suzanne Bruce from Hunger Free Colorado at their February meeting. Hunger Free Colorado, a statewide nonprofit organization, connects people to food resources to meet existing needs and drives policy, systems and social change to end hunger. They envision a day when every Coloradan has equitable access to the nutritious food needed to thrive and reach their full potential.

A statewide survey, conducted in December by Hunger Free Colorado, found the rate of hunger has hit a new high since the start of the pandemic. Almost 40 percent of Coloradans are food insecure, meaning they lack reliable access to nutritious food. Parents and people of color face higher rates of food insecurity.

Take Action!

– For more information on how you can help those facing food insecurity and change policy and systems, visit HungerfreeColorado.org

– Want to jump in and make a difference for our school kids who need nutritional meals? Check out Food 4 Thought https://foodforthoughtdenver.org/   Opportunities to pack “power lunches” are available on Friday mornings. This is a family safe volunteer opportunity!

What’s Wrong with Showups?

Justice Matters Ministry is pleased to welcome Mimzy Tackney-Moen from Together Colorado, as she shares with us an identification procedure called “showups”.

Monday, March 15, 11:00am-12:00PM Via Zoom

What is a Showup?

A showup (field identification) is an identification procedure used when a suspect has been detained soon after the commission of an offense because he/she resembles the description of the perpetrator provided by an eyewitness.  The eyewitness is then allowed to view the suspect so that a positive or negative identification can be made.

Showups are the least reliable of all eyewitness identifications yet, in Colorado, showup procedures that would increase reliability are not required by law enforcement agencies.

Together Colorado is working to change this.  Join us for a discussion of showups and proposed legislation to improve them by standardizing their use.

Registration and more information: https://tinyurl.com/JMshowups

Your Weekly Donations at Work

Social Outreach Committee 3rd Quarter Funding

Social Outreach Committee reviews various non-profits for funding. The following agencies were supported through your weekly contributions to MPB during the 3rd quarter.  Each quarter we invite non profits to submit an application for funding to the committee. Please take some time to learn about these agencies and perhaps donate your services to further support these nonprofits. Thank you! 

Bessies Hope (funded $1,000)

https://www.bessieshope.org/

Bessie’s Hope enhances the quality of life for nursing home and assisted living elders by bringing generations together in mutually rewarding relationships that honor the human spirit and create life-enriching volunteer opportunities.

Delores Project (funded $2,000)

https://www.thedeloresproject.org/

The Delores Project provides safe, comfortable 24-7 shelter and personalized services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness as well as Supportive Housing (SH) for formerly chronically homeless individuals living with a disability. Agency staff also work to end homelessness by advocating for housing solutions in Denver’s tight housing market. Our vision is that all individuals have the community of support and housing stability they need to increase well-being and reach their full potential.

Hunger Free Colorado (funded $2,000)

https://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/

Hunger Free Colorado, a statewide nonprofit organization, connects people to food resources to meet existing needs and drives policy, systems and social change to end hunger. Hunger Free Colorado envision a day when every Coloradan has equitable access to the nutritious food needed to thrive and reach their full potential.

Metro Caring (funded $3,000)

https://www.metrocaring.org/

As Colorado’s leading frontline anti-hunger organization, Metro Caring works with our community to meet people’s immediate need for nutritious food while building a movement to address the root causes of hunger. Metro Caring offers innovative programming in Healthy Foods Access, Nutrition Education and Cooking Classes, ID Procurement, Urban Gardening and Agriculture, and Community Organizing and Activation.

RMIAN Rocky Mountain Immigration Advocacy Network  (funded $5,000)

https://www.rmian.org/

RMIAN is a nonprofit organization that serves low-income adults and children in immigration proceedings. RMIAN promotes knowledge of legal rights, provides effective representation to ensure due process, works to improve detention conditions, and promotes a more humane immigration system, including alternatives to detention.

Restoring Connections (formerly Center for Spirituality at Work) (funded $3,000)

https://www.restoringconnections.org/

Restoring Connections unites diverse people for spiritual transformation and social justice. They envision a world where everyone has a place and voice at the table.

St Vincent dePaul Society MPB (funded $5,000)

https://mpbdenver.org/ministries/st-vincent-de-paul/

Our mission is to help those living in poverty. Social Outreach supports MPB  St Vincent dePaul Society Quarterly

 

Thank you for your amazing generosity!

 

WOO welcomes Mara Lehnert, CAClll as she presents Managing Alcoholism and Addiction: The Various Roles Women Play in This Illusion of Control

Thursday, April 8, 6:30-8:00pm, Via ZOOM

Addiction is referred to as a “family disease” because of the devastating effect on the whole family system. It is often the women in the family who are desperately trying to manage and control it.  This illusion of control is exhausting and many times can be debilitating.

Mara Lehnert CACIII, is an Interventionist, and a Certified Intervention Trainer. Inspired by her own sobriety journey over the past 15 years, Mara Lehnert shares her passion for helping other alcoholics and addicts and journeys with them to find their way to a life of recovery.

Through her vast experience, Mara will share real life examples of the roles women play and how to navigate them in healthy ways.

Join Mara as together we explore this health crisis and ways that we can also take care of ourselves on this difficult journey.

ALL women are welcome.

More information and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/WOOApril2021

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night….” Can stop our Sunday Lunch Volunteers!

During the recent weekend snow storm the Sunday Lunch volunteers that serves the residents of North Lincoln modified delivery details to ensure the residents still got their appreciated lunches! Thanks to the coordinators: Serena White, Katie Charlton and Erin Cassidy Cernanec and the numerous volunteers who every week, make and deliver lunches to over 40 North Lincoln residents!

Our other Sunday lunch program, “Time and Treasures”, that serves Olin Hotel Apartments also braved the weather to make sure the 40+ residents received their lunches.  Thanks to Yvonne DeVoe and her volunteers who make that happen every week.

If you’d like to be involved in either program, contact Ann.