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                      Peace and Justice Committee
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                            Peace and Justice Committee
                                      Minutes
                                   August 5, 2009

Opening:

The regular meeting of the Peace and Justice Committee was called to order by Cass Pearson at
6:00 pm on August 5, 2009. Kathy Aho opened with a prayer for guidance.

Present: Jonna Adamich, Cass Pearson, Pat Reilley, Mary Ann Rodgers, Bob Donovan, Kathy
Aho, Debbie Carleo.

The minutes were approved as read.

IHN currently has 13 guests. Pancake breakfast was held as a fundraiser with poor attendance.
Another fundraiser will be held at El Pueblo Museum, on 8-22 which will be a wine and pasta
dinner. The Ghost Walk will be held the first two weekends in October to benefit IHN and the
Task Force for Domestic Violence. IHN is struggling financially and needs fundraisers.
Cass Pearson has resigned as coordinator for IHN due to not enough volunteer help and she has
spent 50-60 personal hours during IHN host week, plus all the work that goes into preparation
the week prior to host week. There have been very few clients in the program. Fr. Kevin and
staff decided P&J should decide OLM’s involvement. IHN was notified that OLM probably will
not host, as no one wants to take over as coordinator.
It was decided at the meeting that OLM will not participate as a host church, but individuals who
still want to volunteer will be welcome to do so. Deb Carleo will write letter with sincere regret,
and say that we will continue to pray for their ministry, and individual volunteering will remain.
Debbie Carleo is on the IHN board and they will decide what direction IHN will proceed.
Ideally, there needs to be at least 13 churches, and there has never been that participation from
the community.
It was discussed that in the future before OLM commits to programs that require such in depth
resources, that the program will be assessed and if decided will try for one year to see if it will
continue.

Continuum of Care Update – Jonna Adamich of Our Lady of the Meadows Peace and Justice said that
their recent event, the Just Faith Retreat was very well received and she felt it made the attendees more
and aware of homeless issues and gave them a better understanding of social justice issues. She also said
that she thought local agencies would be receiving help with volunteers through this group.

Kristen Castor of Access for All said that changes were being made to Federal Development Disability
funding and that services and funding to adults with severe needs were being affected. She noted they
changed the way they processed their waivers and it was more restrictive. She stated she was interested
in learning if more people who have developmental disabilities are becoming homeless. She said she and
fellow members are concerned about health care reform because it would be offering basic insurance that
covers very little and requiring them to pay for this. She felt this change puts another burden on the poor.
Also, there needs to be better bus service, she asked for people to contact the County Commissioners and
City Council.
The Salvation Army’s current building should be remodeled into a permanent shelter and they want to
partner with the Wayside Cross Gospel Mission. One goal is to offer low or no cost daycare to clients
who are in high school or college. They are waiting on the economy to stabilize and for approval from
their National Office.

Posada’s Community Picnic on June 27th served about 500 people. The Sheriff’s department provided
300 sack lunches for people to take home. Anthony Velasquez of Bouncy Town donated a bounce house
for the children and the Pueblo City/County Health Department along with Pueblo Community Health
Center did testing. Art Yarbrough of Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center would like to get agencies
more involved next year to participate in a health fair, mental health screenings, etc.

 Sister Nancy Crafton of Centro de los Pobres said that Pastor Wilson, is organizing “Journey of Hope”
to provide food, haircuts and different things for low-income families. There will be a give-away on
Wednesday, July 22nd at the end of the Riverwalk. Sister Crafton also said in Avondale they have had
men living in the Center and have also had four men living in cars and working in the fields.

Captain Harold Laubach of the Salvation Army was at a meeting with the Police Department
with the Chaplain program, he was informed there had been seven teenage suicides in Pueblo
County this month. He asked all members to please provide resources to families with whom
you work about help for mental health issues like depression and suicide.

YWCA wants to bring awareness in October to Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Pueblo has the
highest rate of domestic violence in CO and higher rate than the national average. On 2nd of October, they
are having a “Walk a Mile in her Shoes” awareness campaign at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk
Project. People are encouraged to participate in this event. Need to get information in the Bulletin.

Catholic Charities has funds for utilities and rent for newly unemployed.

The 4th Holiday Blessings Store will be on 12-19 and 12-20 to benefit clients of Posada, Los Pobres,
IHN, COOP, and Dist. 60 (as determined by counselors). Volunteers will be needed to help the families
shop, as well as wrap. Donations of toys for children 3 to 13 are needed, as well as wrapping paper, etc.

Togo – It was agreed to send $845.00 that has been accumulating over the past several months as
well as an additional 500.00. The total being wired will be $1345.00.

Journey to Justice Retreat Follow-up – 52 people were in attendance. The Article in the
Chronicle was very well done, however, IHN was left out. Stipends were given to presenters and
gift cards were given to the clients that came and told their stories. This was disbursed from the
Grant monies received from the Catholic Foundation.

Our committee would like to further continue it’s education programs and make our parishioners
aware of simple things they can do through the bulletin and other avenues, ie. Sr. Laetitia is in
need of eyeglasses for the needy.

Mission – It was discussed if we would like to do a mission at La Puente again next year that it
needs to be scheduled soon. It is possible also to do 3 days as well as a week long experience.

Grocery negotiations are still continuing.

Scholarships – ½ the funds have been released to the recipients.
The field trip for PALS to the Arts Center, City Park rides and Zoo will take place at the end of
August, the Tithe will be used if necessary and monies from the P&J budget.

The Bulletin Board will show the PALS visit from Alamosa.

Super Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 pm, will be our new meeting format. Bob Donovan has
volunteered to be a representative to the larger council after P&J meeting. There will be two
representatives.

Tithe for June & July, 2009
No figure at present
    Togo Savings                                            500.00
    (this was approved and pending wiring, therefore it will be subtracted when we get the
    figures)

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 pm

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                          Peace and Justice Committee
                                    Minutes
                                 June 10, 2009

Opening:

The regular meeting of the Peace and Justice Committee was called to order by Cass Pearson at
6:00 pm on March 11, 2009. Chris Armstrong opened with a prayer for guidance.

Present: Jonna Adamich, Cass Pearson, Carole Engler, Pat Reilley, Chris Armstrong, Jan Hall,
and Mary Ann Rodgers.

The minutes were approved as read.

Mission to La Puente Home - Eleven people are going; two trucks to take donated items will be
going to Alamosa the day volunteers are going. Missionaries are leaving June 14 at 2:00 from the
church parking lot. There will be an orientation on Sunday; volunteers will work from 9:00 am
until 6:00 pm. $772.00 was set aside from the Tithe to help offset expenses of registrations
and/or rooms.

Journey to Justice Retreat – The Catholic Foundation approved a $650.00 grant for the retreat.
We will meet Friday, July 17 for set-up and food preparation. Continental breakfast and a lunch
of salads, breads, and fruit will be served. The stipends will be $200.00 for each presenter, and
50.00 gift cards to Wal-Mart or King Soopers for their guests. There will be education tables on
various social concerns. Brochures were
 e-mailed to the entire Diocese, and were also hand delivered to churches. Letters will be sent to
people participating in the various ministries encouraging them to attend.

IHN currently has four families. Cass Pearson is resigning as coordinator of IHN. Fr. Kevin has
asked that this committee decide if OLM wants to continue to participate. It was discussed if the
program is a viable one.

Continuum of Care – no update.

In light of the looming grocery strike Fr. Kevin wants correct information distributed to people in
order to educate them on the details of negotiations so they can make good decisions.

GIFT – will be Sunday, June 28 and Wednesday, July 1, the subject is Are You Saved?

Togo – It was agreed to send $845.00 that has been accumulating over the past several months.

Tithe for May, 2009
$1698.00
    Drs. Without Borders                                     500.00
    CASA                                                     200.00
    Engraved                            200.00
    Centro Santa Catalina               300.00
    US Campaign to Ban Landmines        300.00
    Togo Savings                        198.00

The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 pm

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                     Peace and Justice Committee Minutes
                                 May 6, 2009

Opening: The regular meeting of the Peace and Justice Committee was called to order by Cass
Pearson at 6:00 pm on March 11, 2009. Kathy Aho opened with a prayer for guidance.

Present: Jonna Adamich, Cass Pearson, Carole Engler, Kathy Aho, Pat Reilley, Chris
Armstrong.

The minutes were approved as read.

Cass Pearson gave an IHN update; Community Partners Tag through Albertson’s will give 1% to
IHN for shopping there. There are presently two families, there have been several interviews, but
not all stay or join the program. The Annual Picnic will be held on June 21, Father’s Day. IHN
had a fundraiser at the Motorcycle Rally selling plants. Little Britches Rodeo will do an IHN
Day, question of having a pancake breakfast. They could possibly involve the military to cook
for such a large crowd. Grants are down so other ways of fundraising is necessary.

Jonna Adamich gave an update on the Continuum of Care – Colorado ID Project
representatives from Colorado Legal Services were there to explain project. “This
special project is designed to assist low-income, disabled, homeless and elderly
citizens seeking documentation of their identity and citizenship in order to obtain
health care, public benefits, housing, transportation, and employment and secure
other essential human rights….”

Black Hills Energy- now has a contact person, Jill Link, regarding late fees and
security deposits to see if perhaps they can help, but there were no guarantees.

Farm Worker Issues – Sheriff in Colorado Springs is contracted with ICE for identifying illegal
immigrants for $64.00 per day per arrest, there is profiling and pulling over people.

Pueblo Housing Authority – can pay rent and move families. They will have Case
Management; they can stay in rentals for 3 to 18 months. Proof has to be given that they would
be homeless otherwise. The clients have to try to become self sufficient, credit counseling will be
given to help them get back on track.

Pueblo City County Health Department – said there is an excellent book to open dialogue
with teenagers and parents. “Conversations on the Go” by Mary Alice Ackerman, has clever
questions to keep teens and grown-ups talking.

GIFT – will be Sunday, May 24 and Wednesday, May-27, Jesus the Child of Mary will be the
subject. People can either choose to come to lunch and attend the lesson, or just come to the
lesson at 1:15 pm. The new year will be starting in July, and the focus will be studying about the
Creed.
Bible School – will be about St. Paul.

Togo – Email update, they are pleased that our people like the DVD. Raphael has already talked
to their priest about exchange projects between children. He will try to connect to OLM’s
website to read the information we have regarding Togo and OLM. They are still inviting us to
visit Togo, and say that August is cooler; they would like us to come in 2010 and want to know
how many people are interested.

Journey to Justice Retreat – Committee decided at the recommendation of Sr. Laetitia that the
Retreat will be a one day experience. The Grant was turned in and Catholic Foundation will be
notified it will be in July instead of Advent. It will be an immersion process in the circumstances
that create poverty, and to grow in compassion and sensitivity to the needs of our brothers and
sisters in want. IHN, Posada, and Los Pobres will be presenting, along with Peace & Justice and
JustFaith facilitators. The Retreat will be open to the Deanery; the brochure was finalized with
all the necessary information. Fr. Kevin will present to the Deanery and they will present to
churches, letters will be sent to the OLM ministers. Many volunteers are needed for the day
before for set-up and food preparation, and for the day of the Retreat for food and helping where
needed.

La Puente Mission – the Bulletin Board will be set up with all the information regarding the
Mission that OLM will be going on to La Puente in Alamosa. As of now there are 7 people
registered. $772.00 has been saved, how to disburse will be determined. The needs list for La
Puente will be in the Bulletin for parishioners to donate if they cannot attend physically they can
participate in this way. Trucks will take the items to Alamosa on Sunday, June 14 when the
missionaries leave from church.

Scholarships – the following were awarded scholarships: Rebecca Naccarato, Katie Carleo
(Knights), and Kayla Bonfiglio, all received $750.00; JoAnna Hoopes received $1000.00 from
the Boulse Scholarship Fund.

It was discussed to change the meeting to 6:30, it was agreed to do so.

Grandma’s Lap Afghan Project will be written up in the Chronicle. There is one grandmother
from Phoenix and one from OLM, they have been knitting lap afghans for the Dorcey Cancer
Center, and the students from John Neumann are making cards to put with each one given.
Information regarding Patient Needs Fund will be included in the article.

Tithe for April, 2009
$2200.00
    Dorcey Center Patient Needs Fund                         500.00
    Central Asia Institute                                   500.00
    Little Sisters of the Poor in Denver                     500.00
    IHN                                                      100.00
    Food for the Poor                                        200.00
    Cross International                                      200.00
    Togo Savings                        200.00

The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 pm

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                         Peace and Justice Committee
                                   Minutes
                                 April 1, 2009

Opening:

The regular meeting of the Peace and Justice Committee was called to order by Cass Pearson at
6:00 pm on March 11, 2009. Chris opened with a prayer for guidance.

Present:

Jonna Adamich, Cass Pearson, Carole Engler, Kathy Aho, Pat Reilley, Shirley McIntyre, Chris
Armstrong.

The minutes were approved as read.

Cass Pearson gave an IHN update; one family had to be asked to leave due to problems, there
was one family there for three days. IHN discussed putting volunteers on website with a
gmail.com address so that volunteers could be asked to substitute from another church if
necessary. Christ the King dropped out of the program as host church, they will continue to be a
support church. Fellowship of the Rockies and Praise Assembly Youth Groups will go door-to-
door to pass out flyers and ask for donations. The Board and Staff will go through the program
“Safeguarding God’s Children” at Ascension for awareness to protect children from predators.
IHN will have a booth at the Volunteer Fair.

Jonna Adamich gave an update on the Continuum of Care –Posada said there is a
huge gap in shower facilities for the homeless since the closing of the YMCA
downtown. They discussed alternative facilities – other churches in the area that
have multiple showers, the swimming pools in the summer. They asked other
agencies for ideas.

Catholic Charities said they are expanding and making use of the entire building
they are presently in. They have no utility assistance until May, although they can
help with water. Bright Beginnings making visits to clients regarding services in
the community.

Farm Worker Issues- Sister Nancy Crafton of Centro de Los Pobres said three
people were voluntarily deported leaving families behind, they will be back when
planting has started. Many farmers are going to machine crops, so migrant work is
less than usual. She is in need of baby clothes and diapers, and all types of adult
clothing.
Black Hills Energy- Sister Nancy Crafton of Centro de Los Pobres discussed
again that, elderly and those on low or fixed incomes are suffering as Black Hills
Energy continues to increase costs. Sr. Nancy and Anne Stattelman are meeting
with Black Hills Energy to discuss if there are any options to help the poor with
their energy bills, such as budgeting, not charging turn-on fees, etc.

Posada said there are many outreach volunteers on their website for anyone
interested in volunteering.
Social Services reported due to the Stimulus Package there will a 13% increase in Food Stamps.

Cass and Jonna met with the Finance Committee to present the Peace & Justice Budget request
for the coming Fiscal Year. The expenses for last year were gone over in detail, and $1000.00
was requested for this year to continue to fund IHN Host Weeks, and for educational materials,
postage, and speakers for the Journey to Justice Retreat.

Togo – Pat Reilley is having Tina Nemick make a display board that will be put up in the
Narthex with the pictures that were sent from Togo and the letter from their priest inviting Our
Lady of the Meadows to Togo, Fr. Kevin’s letter to Togo will also be on display.

The Lenten donations made by our parishioners were very generous every Sunday. $2200.00
went to Catholic Charities for utilities, 2,000+ diapers went to Los Pobres, Glocometers, and
many other items and monetary donations were collected and disbursed.

Journey to Justice Retreat – The Grant request was turned in to the Catholic Foundation
requesting $1300.00 to help facilitate the retreat. The deadline was April 15th, the awarding of
grants will be on May 31st.

Parish Mission Faith Event will be held on Wednesday, April15th by the Peace and Justice
Committee. A speaker from La Puente will come to give a formal presentation with discussion
afterwards and show a DVD movie. The information will be in the mailing at the end of March
and in the Bulletin, Father will include in the announcements as well.

Scholarships – Five packets were given to the readers, there will be three $750.00 scholarships
(two from Peace & Justice and one from the Knights of Columbus), and one $1000.00
scholarship provided by the Boulse Family.

The Bulletin Board for April will be on Togo and La Puente Mission.

Tithe for February, and March, 2009
$3644.00
    Iraqi Family –                                           800.00
    Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids –                        500.00
    International Surgical Missions at Parkview –            500.00
    Great Bend Dominican Sisters –                           500.00
    Habitat for Humanity Pueblo –       500.00
    Step Up Pueblo –                    500.00
    Togo Savings -                      172.00
    La Puente Mission Savings           172.00

The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 pm

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                         Peace and Justice Committee
                                   Minutes
                               March 11, 2009

Opening:

The regular meeting of the Peace and Justice Committee was called to order by Cass Pearson at
6:00 pm on March 11, 2009. Cass opened with a prayer for justice.

Present:

Jonna Adamich, Cass Pearson, Carole Engler, Kathy Aho, Mary Ann Rodgers, Jan Hall, Bob
Donovan were present.

The minutes were approved as read.

Cass Pearson gave an IHN update; two families are moving in and two families are moving out.
Christ the King may be dropping out of the program, which would mean participating churches
could each take an additional day, possibly Christ the King could do a partial week, and would
need to recruit a smaller church to finish the week. Volunteers are harder and harder to find.

Jonna Adamich gave an update on the Continuum of Care – Salvation Army said
they average about 23 men per night in their “cold weather shelter” and offer
these men a shower voucher through the YWCA. Theses men are typically
overflow from the Wayside Cross Gospel Mission. The shelter will close the end of
February. They reported their rental and utility assistance has been suspended
through the month of March but there is still some emergency funding available.

Wayside Cross Mission Wayside Cross Gospel Mission reported they are
currently sheltering 28 men (including four resident/staff persons) and 15 women
(including 3 resident/staff persons). He noted they obtained 40 donated beds from
Holy Cross Abbey, which they have placed in storage. He encouraged all
Continuum Members to attend next year’s black-tie fundraising event.
Posada said he and others at Posada have done a lot more outreach by visiting homeless camps,
under bridges, the Salvation Army, the Soup Kitchen and other places where the homeless
appear to be in frequenting. Posada stated she believes a lot of men are struggling with
homelessness because the slow down in construction jobs. Please see the website:
http://posadapueblo.org to obtain dates and times of outreach activities and join the group.

Pueblo Access for All announced the Transportation Advisory Committee did
agree with the changes in Pueblo Transit fares.
Our Lady of the Meadows is collecting goods for the needy during each Sunday
during lent.

Catholic Charities said even though they received utility and rent and mortgage
assistance on the 1st of February, all $50,000 has nearly been expended. Although
their general rule is to assist families once in 12 months and 3 times in a lifetime,
they have made exceptions in some situations. She also noted they are preparing
taxes for low-income clients on Wednesdays from 9:00am-11:00am and Fridays
1:00pm-4:00pm. She also announced Catholic Charities received a grant from El
Pomar for Child and Adolescent Counseling and will begin implementing the
EPAC program to offer reduced-fee mental health counseling. She handed out
flyers for the program.

Glendale4 said she has seen an increase in client personal crisis due to budgeting
difficulties and the economy. She also noted she will be preparing taxes for
homeless clients and those in need.

Farm Worker Issues- Sister Nancy Crafton of Centro de Los Pobres said her
families continue to suffer because of the high utility bills from Black Hills Energy
and their lack of compassion, consideration and cooperation when trying to help
these desperate families.

CO Legal Services Focus Groups-- Gail Rodosevich from Colorado Legal Services said
they’d be holding the first Focus group on February 24th is one focus at 5:00pm in Avondale.
Dinner and translators will be dinner provided for this Spanish Speaking group. The second
group is to be held on March 3rd at First Presbyterian Church. She needs participation so please
refer appropriate clients for the March 3rd group where dinner will also be provided. She also
said she is looking at running advise clinics for incarcerated fathers. She also mentioned it is
important for referrals to ask for pro-bono service when calling into the Pueblo Colorado Legal
Services.

Black Hills Energy- Sister Nancy Crafton of Centro de Los Pobres discussed again that,
elderly and those on low or fixed incomes are suffering as Black Hills Energy continues to
increase costs. Anne Stattelman of Posada and Sister Nancy agree to collaborate on a letter to
Black Hills Energy in order to address these increases and their impact on the people.

GIFT will be March 22nd, the theme is Jesus, Jesus the Paschal Mystery.

Fair Trade, $30.00 went to the church for coffee sales, $122.00 went to CRS from chocolate
sales and donations.

Togo is sending a DVD. The Togo committee met and there is a plan to send children’s
drawings, put up bulletin board with information, pictures and invitation from Togo to visit. The
Peace & Justice Committee is preparing a packet to send about how they serve OLM and the
community.

Journey to Justice Retreat - Sr. Laetitia will facilitate the retreat as it does tie in with Just Faith.
Peace & Justice is submitting a grant request to the Catholic Foundation to help with costs.

Parish Mission Faith Event will be held on Wednesday, April15th by the Peace and Justice
Committee. A speaker from La Puente will come to give a formal presentation with discussion
afterwards and show a DVD movie. The information will be in the mailing at the end of March
and in the Bulletin. An education component goes along with the volunteer program to make
volunteers aware and immerse them in the experience. They will need 6 people in the kitchen,
volunteers can also work in PALS, a day long program for kids, and they have a garden as well.
Volunteers will eat with the families and clients. There will be free time. There is a possibility of
alternate housing; the cost is $125.00 per person. A send off Mass was discussed, with
parishioners bringing donations on this day for the volunteers to take with them to La Puente.

Scholarship deadline is March 12, readers will be evaluating and names will be omitted at a
meeting on March 31 at 6:30 pm.

Peace & Justice led the congregation in the Stations of the Cross on March 13 with prayers,
music and a slide show.

Black Hills Energy – a letter will be sent asking them to work with the poor regarding their
bills.

Tuition Equity - need to call or email state legislators and ask them to support the important bill.

The Bulletin Board for April will be on Togo and La Puente Mission.

Tithe for February, 2009, was put on hold until April meeting when February and March will
be combined.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm

A short meeting will be held on April 1 at 6:00 p to discuss Mission education and to disburse 2
months of the Tithe.

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                           Peace and Justice Committee
                                     Minutes
                                February 11, 2009

Opening:
The regular meeting of the Peace and Justice Committee was called to order by Cass Pearson at
6:00 pm on February 11, 2009. Mary Ann Roldan opened with a prayer to guide us.

Present:

Jonna Adamich, Cass Pearson, Chris Armstrong, Jan & Rod Metz, Carole Engler, Kathy Aho,
Mary Ann Rodgers, Jan Hall, Shirley McIntyre, Bob Donovan, Patricia Reilley, Mary Ann
Roldan.

The minutes were approved as read.

Cass Pearson gave an IHN update; a father of one of the families in IHN passed away at the Day
Center during OLM’s week. It was a very hard situation as it involved everyone there and was
very sad and upsetting to the families in the program, and the volunteers. A nice funeral was held
for the man.
Christ the King’s barbecue on January 25 was a big success. St. Mary Corwin and DCG David
Consulting Group helped underwrite the fundraiser and $4199.36 was raised. However, Christ
the King maybe dropping out as a site as they do not have enough volunteers. They would still
like to give financial support.
Ben Ramos, director, will have a VISTA volunteer go in to the community for recruitment and to
acquire grants.
Background checks will now be required on everyone volunteering and anyone who works with
children.

Jonna Adamich gave an update on the Continuum of Care – Cooperative Care is
busy. Their agency still has some funding for medical assistance. They have
diapers and formula available for teen moms have plenty of and are requesting
that people do not drop off bags of clothing. They are sending clothes to Seeds of
Love and Los Pobres.
Posada reported that they are seeing more new people every day. They are
spending more time seeing new homeless intakes than working with those who
have been homeless for periods of time. They are also reporting that people and
families are coming from other counties in Colorado and are looking for medical
and mental health services in Pueblo.
Pueblo City County Health Department passed out WIC brochures and made the
point that the income guidelines are very generous. Clients and even staff of
organizations may not know that they qualify for assistance.
Catholic Charities said that her office provided over $600,000 in assistance
dollars this past year. CC is partnering with the Board of Water Works to assist
people with $50.00 towards a water bill. The fund can’t be used for deposits or
turn on fees. Available Feb 1 there may be funds for rent and utility assistance.
They will be holding classes for people to complete their applications because of
the large numbers of clients and their reduced staff load.
Wayside Cross Mission They are busy and their census is full. They do have two
spaces available in their women’s mission. As of February 1st they will be making
changes on their bed policy. Holding beds for clients will be reviewed on a case by
base basis. The Mission is beginning a capital campaign for expansion to their
men’s shelter and upgrades to their facility including the showers. They will be
holding their first annual benefit dinner on February 14 at the Pueblo Convention
Center. For more information call the Mission at 544-4000
Pueblo Access from All said that the State is making needed cuts and
unfortunately AND is sustaining very deep cuts. This program assists the poorest
of the poor in our community.
 From the First African Methodist Church (AME) - AME provides a dinner and
clothing give away once a month. They also are setting up a computer lab and
provide tutoring and support for students and their families. To contact True—her
email address is ame727800@aol.com and her phone number is 543-6232.
Farm Worker Issues
Los Pobres continues to provide support to the hundreds that come to the Center
every week. This past week they provided around $2,500 dollars of assistance with
utilities shut off notices and some rent assistance. They are seeing more and more
people from the City of Pueblo come out to Avondale for help with basic needs.
There was a conversation about making a connection with Black Hills Energy and
to ask for waivers for shut off and deposit amounts when an agency is making the
payment for a household. Shirley Knafelc said that Catholic Charities has a good
relationship with Black Hills Energy and Michelle Sandoval has a corporate
contact that she will forward to the group.
Holiday Blessing Store
Everyone at the meeting gave Jolene praise for a job well done. The store was well
organized and people were well served. In a short debrief some changes were
noted for next year—the store would do better over a two day period and there was
a call for more boy toys and less expensive toys.
Gail Rodosevich-Pro Bono Coordinator for Colorado Legal Services
Gail is the new Pro Bono Coordinator for Colorado Legal Services in Pueblo. She is working
with best practice and other successful programs throughout the state as well as Judge Alexander
to create and re-launch this service in Pueblo County. Her goal is to set up a Private Attorney
Involvement Project/Pro Bono Program that will work better for the legal community of
attorneys in Pueblo and in turn will provide better access to quality civil legal assistance. Please
fell free to call or email Gail. Her contact information follows:
Gail A. Rodosevich Pro Bono Coordinator Pueblo 1000 West 6th Street, Suite I Pueblo, CO 81003
grodosevich@pcisys.net Office 719-545-6708 ex 202 Fax 719-545-0961
Cold Weather Issues
The Salvation Army has 15 beds at its 13th Street location for use as a warming shelter. The
shelter opens at 9:30pm. Folks were wondering if there was some way to coordinate additional
shelter until the 9:30 time. Frostbite and exposure continue to be an issue for the street
population.

Parish Council – ideas explored to improve relationships among congregation, possibly a teen
Mass and more connection through e-mails.

GIFT will be February 22nd, the theme is Jesus, A Man of Prayer. The education component is
going well for both adults and children. The Meal Ministry is also a success with good
organization and many volunteers to help with it.

Pro Life Postcards – 400 were sent, there was good participation and the parishioners were
pleased with the opportunity to participate. It was mentioned that there are many social justice
websites. Networklobby.org, Maryknoll, CRS, and there are also places on these sites to send
emails to the government.

Fair Trade Sunday will be Feb. 14 and 15th. Educational pamphlets will be handed out along
with information as to where to buy Fair Trade products in Pueblo. Chocolate and coffee will be
sold with proceeds going to Catholic Relief Services.

Togo Update, there will be a Togo Committee Meeting on March 4 at 7:00 pm with Fr. Kevin to
try and establish ways to further communicated with our Sister Parish.

Journey to Justice Retreat was discussed. Sr. Letitia is considering doing the retreat for OLM.
The grant date for applications due is in late February or early March.

Parish Mission Faith Event will be held on Wednesday, April15th by the Peace and Justice
Committee. A speaker from La Puente will come to give a formal presentation with discussion
afterwards. We will do the bulletin board for this to increase parish awareness.

COAR Children’s Village – OLM has sponsored a child for $300.00 for one year, this provides
the child with a home at COAR, education, clothing and food; extra money can be sent for
birthdays and Christmas. They will send us letters and pictures of the child, with the child’s
circumstance given. OLM can send letters to child.

LENT – The Lenten theme this year will be Simplify Our Lives, emptying ourselves for the sake
of others. The first Sunday will be donations of food, second Sunday, money for rent and
utilities, third Sunday, baby items, fourth Sunday, socks and underwear for all ages. All these
donations will go to the poor of Pueblo County.

The Bulletin Board for March will be on the etiquette of giving practical, useful items. We will
put this up on March 9th at 1:00.

Mary Ann Roldan told us of the event for The Mahatma Gandhi Center, the public is invited
to attend the first meeting for 2009 of the for Peace and Nonviolence at the Lamb Branch Library
on Monday evening, February 23, 2009 from 6-8:00 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to form
a Gandhi Principles of Peace and Nonviolence Study Group that will meet four times during the
year to discuss books, materials and videos. Peace and Nonviolence Principles will be shared
and discussed in an open forum setting. Various means will be identified for applying the
Gandhi principles to today's world. A bibliography of Mahatma Gandhi materials will be made
available and future meeting
dates will be scheduled.

Peace & Justice will be praying the Stations at 7:00 pm on March 12th.

Tithe for January, 2009
$1627.00 will be distributed as follows:
Los Pobres (rent & utilities for Victor Rodrigues Family)   $500.00
Capuchin Sisters                                             300.00
Operation Mercy Ministries                                   200.00
Catholic Charities USA                                       400.00

Savings
La Puente Mission                                            100.00
Togo                                                         127.00

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm

The next general meeting will be Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 6:00 pm in the OLM Library.

Minutes submitted by:   Jonna Adamich
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                         Peace and Justice Committee
                                   Minutes
                               January 14, 2009
Opening:

The regular meeting of the Peace and Justice Committee was called to order by Cass Pearson at
6:00 pm on January 14, 2009. Cass Pearson opened with a prayer for peace in the Middle East.

Present:

Jonna Adamich, Cass Pearson, Chris Armstrong, Jan & Rod Metz, Carole Engler, Kathy Aho,
Mary Ann Rodgers, Jan Hall, Shirley McIntyre, Bob Donovan.

The minutes were approved as read.

Cass Pearson gave an IHN update; 14 people are in the program which includes 4 families, 3
families have a Mom and Dad. Job loss was a reason for some of the families.
January 25th is OLM’s week; people were encouraged to sign up to volunteer with good results.
A fundraiser at Christ the King Church is scheduled for January 25th, Bi-week Barbecue from
noon – 2:00 will be held.

Jonna Adamich gave an update on the Continuum of Care – there was no meeting held in
December as The Holiday Blessings Store took the place of the meeting and was a huge success
helping thousands of children and hundreds of families.

GIFT will be January 25th, the theme is Jesus, The Boundary Breaker. Inclusivity will be taught,
and being sensitive to excluding people and how it interferes with our loving relationship with
Jesus.

Fair Trade Sunday was discussed and dates of February 7, 8 were determined. The chocolate
bars left over from the Bazaar will be sold, as well as Fair Trade coffee after all the masses.
Educational information will be handed out, along with lists of fair trade items from local
grocery stores that can be purchased.

Togo Update, Fr. Kevin will set a new date for a Togo Committee meeting.
$583.00 was sent via wire transfer to our Sister Parish. Forty-two Christmas cards were sent
from the parish office and several were sent individually.
The Alternative Gift Fair as of date raised $1500.00; an itemized sheet was given out to show
where people had donated their dollars.

Journey to Justice Retreat was discussed. The retreat could not happen this year so we are
aiming for Advent of 2009. Sr. Letitia and Sr. Betty Werner are doing Just Faith. It was
discussed that perhaps they could do this retreat for OLM, and it would be open to the Diocese.
We are planning to reapply for the Grant through the Catholic Foundation.
Scholarship Fund – the second half of money was sent to recipients except for the Boulse
Award and it was cancelled this year due to the illness of the recipient.

Scholarship – The Bazaar earned $1624.45 and an additional $2585.53 from crafts; therefore, it
was determined that there will be two $750.00 Scholarships given from the Peace and Justice
Committee for 2009. The packet will be distributed the weekend of 2-7 and 2-8, and will be due
on March 12th. A group will meet on 3-31 at 6:30 to remove names on packets, and then they
will be distributed to the readers. Patricia Reilley will be one of the readers.

Parish Mission Faith Event will be held on Wednesday, April15th by the Peace and Justice
Committee. We will invite La Puente to send presenter and/or a video. The mission is planned
for June 14 through the 20th; the group size is 15 and $125.00 a person.

The Bulletin Board for January will be on the etiquette of giving practical, useful items.

Mail – Many Thank You notes were read for our donations to various places from the Tithe.

Freedom of Choice Act – Post Card campaign will be on 1-24 and 1-25, post cards asking not to
vote for FOCA will be signed by parishioners and will be sent to Senators and our
Representative.

Adopt-a-Family – Parishioners will be asked to pay it forward by helping Los Pobres families
pay utilities or partial rent. Sr. Nancy said her families are in dire need.

Tithe for December, 2008
$2738.00 will be distributed as follows:
Los Pobres (rent & utilities)                        $500.00
Caring Pregnancy Center                               500.00
Doctor’s Without Borders                              500.00
Campaign for Human Development                        500.00
Pueblo Community Health Center                        500.00

Savings
La Puente Mission                                     100.00
Togo                                                  138.00

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm

The next general meeting will be Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 6:00 pm in the OLM Library.

Minutes submitted by:    Jonna Adamich

								
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