Local church helps feed, educate the community

Local church helps feed, educate the community
A sign advertises free tuition via a voucher program. (Source: WOIO)
A sign advertises free tuition via a voucher program. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Christina Morel has six children under the age of 12, including her newborn daughter. Two of Christina's children have disabilities.

"I feel like a lot of people judge me," Morel said.

She says it's been a struggle at times to provide for her family, but does the best she can even when people do judge her.

"Let's trade places for two weeks because I don't think a lot of people my age would be able to handle it," explained Morel.

Every Tuesday night for the last month, Christina and her family come to St. Aloysius Church hunger center and food pantry in the Glenville community. She says it's a chance to feel like a family.

"The kids like it and they feel like we're going out to eat," Morel said.

The center has been providing free meals for more than 30 years. Father Mark Hobson says more than 600 Cleveland families receive groceries each month.

"Nourishing the body with good food. Nourishing the mind with education, and hopefully nourishing the spirit," said Fr. Hobson.

But it's not just about feeding the hungry. The church also sponsors St. Agatha-St. Aloysius School, where they offer a free education to those who qualify through a voucher program.

Sister Mary Jean Raymond has been teaching there for more than 30 years.

"Some days you think you're going to teach reading and math, you end up just trying to help children through their life to deal with what's happening," said Sister Raymond.

And what's happened for Christina and her family is what she calls an opportunity to feel at home, a free meal for her children and a chance to get the education for them she's always wished for.

Enrollment for school's voucher program ends on Friday. There are about 30 openings left.

For more information call (216) 451-2050.

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