ized that literacy was a problem, weestablished a children’s library withcomputers. When we saw that thechildren were sometimes too hungryto concentrate, we began our mealprogram,” she explains. During thecoronavirus pandemic, the missionestablished safety protocols andstarted a food bank for families thatlost their income.
Slowick keeps tackling problems
one by one. She once learned of a
family whose infant passed his days
in a cardboard box. She helped the
family purchase a stroller and kept
them engaged with the mission. As
for the baby: “He’s doing very well in
school now,” she reports.
Tracking the educational progress of the children means a lot toSlowick and her volunteers, a dozenof whom have become FranciscanAssociates. In fact, among the volunteer tutors are young people who
ANTONIA LOPEZ sitswith her son as herdaughters behind herwork on book reports.Lopez is learning toread in adult literacyclasses at the mission.
once received help from the missionthemselves, some of whom haveeven gone on to college.
“It is incredibly touching,” shesays, “to see children who oncestruggled in school be successful intheir studies and want to help theyounger children.” =
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