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Carver The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 17 )N ge Community is getting more to house its tutorial services. Ii's of Support. in early April, the revamped grounds Apostle Church, Ave., open house is , ACCording to ment coor- parish, the young be sur- sup- troops." include volunteers from 1 as through- Leadership a COmm. unity bet- is assisting financial- labor. les program moving into St. John Center A former teacher at all grade levels, Sister Nesmith is the four- star general of this volunteer brigade and the catalyst behind the Carver-St. John partnership -- an initiative that promises to provide much needed educa- tional and nutritional counseling, as well as spiritual support, to i low-income families and single parents. , "St. John's (located directly across from Lincoln Elementary (on Bellemeade) is a beauti- ful, well-kept facility," Sister Nesmith explains, "And it's in the heart of the inner-city, sur- rounded by needs. My ongoing mission since I arrived here in 1996 has been to utilize more out- reach to the larger community." With that in mind, Sister Nesmith worked with St, Mary's Medical Center in 1997 to con- duct a needs assessment of the area around St. John. What she found was a community in dire need of educational and spiritu- al support, and a Carver organi- zation trying desperately to pro- vide that support while operat- ing from two locations: the C.K. Newsome Center on Heidelbach Avenue, arid the Carver-Ridley Rollerdome, situated just down the street from the church. Middle and high school stu- oung kids need to see older children who are dealing with tough issues and making solid choices. dents were being tutored at the Newsome Center while ele- mentary school children were being taught at the skating rink. Both facilities were crowded and ill-equipped for this type of mentoring. Recognizing a possible solu- tion, Sister Nesmith approached David Wagner, executive director of Carver, about consolidating the organization's tutorial services at the St. John Education Center. At the time, she said, the Center was being used spa.ringly, mainly as a Vanderburgh Co. Right-To-Life 474-3195 Evansville, Indiana i Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 a Child at a 7_ath01ic ]ssion. It's Affor00able! a small moun- duras, Her mother is doned them. nmke a difference in like Corina. Your opporttinity to help a very pcwr child is much too important to miss. And Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA), an international Catholic chiht sponsorshi t, prognun can show you the affordable way. Through CFCA you sponsor a child for the amount you can af&rd. Ordic,rily it takes $20 a month to I.rovide one poor child with the life-changing benefits of sponsorship. But if this is not possible fur you, we invite you to sponsor at a level you can a(ford. CFCA wili see to it from other donations and the tireless efforts of our missionary partners that your child receives the same benefits as other sponsored chihtren. Your sponsorship pledge helps provide a poor child at a Catholic mission site with nourishing food, medical care, the chance to go to school and hope for a brighter future. You can literally change a life[ And wu can be assured your pledge has its greatest'impact l'cause our programs are directed by dedicated Catholic missionaries with a long- s(anding commitment to the people they serve. To help build v'our relationship, you receive a picture of vourchild (u[.:Iated yearly), information atxmt your child's family and countr); letters from your child and the CFCA newsletter. But most important, you'll receive the satisfaction of helping a ptwr child. Please don't miss this opportunity to make a differ- ence. Become a sponsor for one poor child today! help one child: l Teenager LI Any in most m.x,t e is: quarterly  mi-annuallv J annually 7FCA) first |',mrhip payment to my , :JMC J twer .JAMEX ......... : ............. Exp Date Naris, | Addrt.s I I City/ate/Zip I I Phone ( ..... ) ............................ I 1MJ ,'. but herr',, my gift ot $ ..... to: I Christian Foundation for i Children and Aging (CFCA) I One Elmw(wd Ave, / EO. [kx 3910 i IGnas Cit): KS 0ol0,10 I or call tolbfrce 1-8110-875q%4 I I ,:i,I, | soup kitchen. She wanted it to serve an even larger purpo,. "I was looking for a couple of things," she said. "a way to better utilize the Center so we weren't wasting space, and a way to use the Church and my experience as a teacher to benefit the community at-large. "I've taught for near- ly 30 years, and I intend to be a resource (to the Calwer organi- zation), to offer my experience to help broaden and support the program in what- ever ways possible." Wagner welcomes Sister Nesmith's influ- ence, and says he can't wait to begin a new, more stable exis- tence at the Center. "The main thing we gain is continuity for students and par- ticipants," he said. "Before, everything was fragmented, and it was difficult for everyone involved. Plus, there just wasn't enough room at either place." Now, Wagner says, kids and parents will be able to learn and grow in a positive, Christian environment. He noted the importance of what he calls age- group mentoring, something he said was difficult, if not impossi- ble, to provide in an age-separat- ed setting. "With everyone under one roof, we can build relationships across age groups and begin a older children who are dealing with tough issues and making solid choicc. It gives them some- thing to shoot at." Though the Education Center has bcxn rented perkxtically dur- ing the past 15 years, it needed work before it could house a con- stant program. Through dona- tions, financial scholarships, grants -- and no shortage of prayers -- major improvements have been made. "It needed painting, new plumbing, cleaning and new tiling on the ceiling," Sister Nesmith said. "There has been a great deal of community support and effort in preparing this build- ing to be a center for learning." Carver will pay rent tO the St. John Center, but Sister Nesmith hopes to offset some of the addi- tional cost of operating the build- ing through grants and donations. This is essenti,-d if the program is to expand in the way she and Wagner hope it will, eventually including detailed nutritional counseling for single parents and other mentoring designKt to bring long-term stability to the inner-ci, community Until that goal is realized, Sister Nesmith will keep rallying her tr(ps. Requests to assist in the rer|o- ration of the building, or dona- tions to the St. John-Career pro- ject, can be made by calling Sister jane Nesmith at (812) 424-9261, or sort of feeder system. &metmes, by. writing in care of St. John the middle school kids can help solve elementary school pixb- Ave., Evansville, IN, 47713. lems, and high school kids can Also, rental space is still avail- help solve middle school prob- able on the top flr of the lems. Young kids need to see Education Center. Fomilu [00lo.ninq... The P'IoTu,00oi W 0 U Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center now offers Natural Family Planning, a program that uses a couple's knowl, ege of their own fertility to achieve or avoid pregnancy. Taught by a highlrlrained specialist in the Creighton Model techniques of natural family planning,,- the program is based on the guidelines of the Pope Paul Vl Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and is acceptable within the moral teachings of the Catholic Church, An introductory session is followed by a series of appointments scheduled at the couple's convenience. For more information, please call: Community Relations 482-0636 or (800) 852-7279, ext. 636 And Health Care Center i i i i Brttcr Safe lan ;orrv a c,,,, ,,....KVs  v@a, Green Hw & Vogol Rd. E V&lvilte. tN 800.838-08L 497 -8',0 I FOR COMPLETE ! ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 ,