Assembly 2014

A Helping Hand for St. Benedict Center's Children

A Helping Hand for St. Benedict Center's Children
Shirley Weaver sands a wall prior to painting at the St. Benedict Center for Early Childhood Education in Louisville, Ky.

Louisville, KY - United Methodist Women from Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, and as far away as Monrovia, Liberia, arrived at St. Benedict Center for Early Childhood Education in West Louisville to start their pre-Assembly Ubuntu Day of Service. While some painted classrooms, others took time to read to children and serve as “foster grannies” for a day.

St. Benedict Center serves a total of 130 children, most of whose families come from within a two-mile radius of the center. According to Alissa Mwenelupembe, St. Benedict’s director, the nationally accredited center serves primarily low-income African-American families, giving them access to high-quality infant care, preschool, and before and after-school programming. The center cares for infants through 12-year olds through its various programs.

Shirley Weaver, a United Methodist Woman from St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Independence, Mo., was sanding down walls for her fellow volunteers to paint. “I’ve done my own home repairs,” she said. Her local United Methodist Women decided to attend Ubuntu Day as a group as part of their Assembly experience.

Muriel Nelson used her time at the center to comfort a few of the infants in their classroom. Ms. Nelson comes from S. T. Nagbe United Methodist Church in Monrovia, Liberia. “Community service is very important,” she said. “For United Methodist Women, here and in my home country, serving others locally and in the conference, is what we do.” Ms Nelson works with the Community Rescue Center in Monrovia. She helps other women to get involved in their community.

Christie R. House is the editor of New World Outlook magazine, General Board of Global Ministries.

Posted or updated: 4/23/2014 11:00:00 PM
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