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As part of the desire to illustrate faith in action, the Diocese of Cleveland is offering a new series called "Embraced by Grace." The series will show how the Catholic Church and social service organizations founded with Catholic values journey with people facing a myriad of challenges. Individual episodes of Embraced can be found below and also as part of episodes of the Northeast Ohio Catholic Report.
Sara Szelagowski started a nonprofit called Project White Butterfly after overcoming her own battle with heroin addiction. Szelagowski initially shared her story about getting sober with help from Matt Talbot for Women, a residential treatment program run by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, in the May/June 2018 edition of Northeast Ohio Catholic magazine.
Mildred Dickson is passionate about her role as an advocate for people experiencing homelessness. It stems from a string of unfortunate personal circumstances that she said eventually left her homeless and living in local shelters. The 63-year-old is now on a journey towards stability, thanks largely to Mary’s Home, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System that provides medical respite services for women experiencing homelessness.
Zellie's Home is a Cleveland-based community where women thrive as they embrace motherhood. Some of the women struggled with whether or not to terminate their pregnancies. They also dealt with homelessness, unemployment and other challenges. Zelie's Home helps them prepare for motherhood and a brighter future by offering parenting, financial and career assistance. In the accompanying video, one expectant mother shares her story.
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