At a recent luncheon of the Rotary Club of Canfield, Sister Mary Dunn and Sister Jerome Corcoran of the Ursuline Order shared their passion for two programs, Sister Jerome's Poor and Sister Jerome's Kids: The Next Frontier.
Money collected for Sister Jerome's Poor helps working poor families with emergencies, from utilities to groceries to school uniforms.
The newest program is Sister Jerome's Kids: The Next Frontier, which provides support for students who are attending a trade school, Eastern Gateway Community College or Youngstown State University and to help them manage this phase of their life. The program presently has 12 high school graduates, who were carefully selected.
Sister Mary Dunn
According to Sister Jerome, the students have four duties that include, to keep up their grades, to keep their finances in order, to hold a part-time job and to obey school regulations.
Sister Mary Dunn serves as mentor to the students and provides any personal assistance needed by the students. Financial assistance consists of help with gas and food cards and sometimes clothing. Sister Jerome's program does not pay the tuition nor gives the students cash. Estimated cost per student is $5000. To help with the program, the Rotary Club of Canfield presented Sister Jerome with a check for $1000.
Anyone interested in learning more about the program or wanting to donate to the program can contact Sister Jerome at the Ursuline Center at 330-792-7636.