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Introducing the Latest Mary's Pence Grantees

We are thrilled to announce the latest Mary's Pence Grants recipients. Read more about these organizations working for social justice and systemic change in their communities  on our website!  

Artistri Sud,  Chile - Entrepreneurship training for women artisans
Awamaki,  Peru - Women's knitting and textiles cooperative 
Center for Women in Transition, Arkansas - Transition program for incarcerated women and teen girls
Genesis, California - Leadership training for women with disabilities to participate in the electoral process
Kinship Care Campaign, Ohio  - Organizes kinship caregivers to advocate to receive the same financial support as foster care providers
MAYA Organization, Pennsylvania - Counsels incarcerated women
Milwaukee  New Sanctuary Movement, Wisconsin - Community organizing and leadership program for immigrant women
Wishwas, New York - Training Bangladeshi women immigrants to run cooperatives
Welcoming the Stranger, Pennsylvania - Language and work skills education for immigrants
Workers' Rights Center, Wisconsin - Advocacy and support group for Latina workers

 
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN EL SALVADOR
(From left) Ana María, Eva and Vilma display the  diplomadas, or  certificates, in Local Economic Development they earned at the Universidad Luterana Salvadoreña (Salvadoran Lutheran University).

Ana María is a co-founder of the Concertación de Mujeres, in Suchitoto, El Salvador.  Concertación is one of the groups Mary's Pence partners with for the ESPERA community lending pool program. Her sister Eva is the ESPERA Promoter for El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras. Eva meets with the leaders of the ESPERA groups in those three countries and assists with administration. As the local ESPERA coordinator for Concertación, Vilma helps the other members of Concertación manage the funds. The group elected Vilma for this position of administrative tracking, and pays her salary with interest from the loan fund.
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MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOND STRENGTHENED BY FUNDING WOMEN TOGETHER
Sister for Christian Charity Pat Rogucki is a past Mary's Pence board member. She and her mother, Jean Rogucki, are both long-time supporters of Mary's Pence. We asked them what it meant to support Mary's Pence together.

Jean Rogucki -
Why do you support Mary's Pence?
"Because you are all honest and you put the donations to good purposes."

Pat Rogucki -
Why do you support Mary's Pence? 
"Because it provides an alternative to an exploitative economy and makes the women's impossible dreams possible."

How does it feel to know that you and your mother are pooling resources by both giving to Mary's Pence?
"It encourages me and strengthens our bond, that we are working for the same purpose."

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Mary's Pence Donor Reception
April 23, Chicago, IL
Mary's Pence supporters and friends in the Chicago area are invited to connect with international staff and board members during an evening event featuring former Mary's Pence Grantee  The Dreamcatcher Foundation . Brenda Myers-Powell and Stephanie Daniels-Wilson will introduce the new documentary film about their organization's efforts to end human trafficking in Chicago. The  event will be held from 4-6 pm on Saturday, April 23 at Loyola University. Drinks and appetizers will be provided.

Share Mary's Pence with a Loved One
Did you enjoy reading about Sr. Pat and her mother? Help Mary's Pence 
grow our community by inviting someone you know to connect with our mission.  You can donate to Mary's Pence in honor of a loved one for a special occasion, or in their memory, and we will send a beautiful card announcing your gift. If you would prefer to send the card yourself, let us know and we will send you a packet that you can use at your convenience. Click here for more information about honor and memorial cards.    
 
Call for Stories of Sisterhood 
If you have a mother, daughter, sister or close relative or friend who joins you in your support of Mary's Pence, we'd love to hear from you. What does it mean for your relationship that you stand together in support of the Mary's Pence mission and in solidarity with women across the Americas? To share your story, please call our office at 651-788-9869
 or email  katherine@maryspence.org.
Meet Mary's Pence!
Are you planning on attending any of these upcoming events? Make sure you visit the Mary's Pence booth. If you'd like to help or connect with us while we are in town, email katherine@maryspence.org and let us know!



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Reflection
REFLECTION

Open Our Eyes
 

God of Justice
open our eyes
to see you in the face of the poor.
Open our ears
to hear you in the cries of the exploited
Open our mouths
to defend you in the public squares
as well as in private deeds
Remind us that what we do
to the least ones,
we do to you.
Amen.

From Being Neighbor: The Catechism and Social Justice, USCCB, April, 1998

MISSION AND VISION

We envision a world where empowered women 

and their communities flourish in solidarity and justice.

 

Mary's Pence invests in women across the Americas 

by funding community initiatives and fostering 

collaborations to create social change.