A Message From the Director
As the season of Thanksgiving approaches, we, at Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center, give thanks for the myriad blessings that came our way this year. Most recently, we celebrated our GED students at a Graduation Ceremony in the Chapel and Auditorium of the Sisters of Mercy. At the outset, the students appeared tentative and nervous as they donned their caps and gowns. As the event progressed, however, their faces radiated joy as friends, family and the greater Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center applauded them for their considerable achievements. Many paid tribute to the patient encouragement and kindness of their instructor, Raul Andrade.
Speaking with each of the graduates afterwards, some younger, some older, male and female, it became clear that the students and their families had sacrificed a great deal to pass the GED (now known as “TASC” – Test Asssessing Secondary Completion) and they were relishing the moment. It was pleasing to hear that many see the passing of the GED as a first step to further educational activity. Girlfriends, sisters and wives were very instrumental in pushing and cajoling their menfolk to take this bold step. The men acknowledged this. In other cases, loving husbands encouraged and took on additional household duties to enable their wives to attend class and to study. They beamed as they spoke of their partners’ accomplishments.
Yes, the word “empowerment”, a key aspect of our mission statement comes to mind. The friends, family, Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center staff and volunteers, the board members and our benefactors all had a role in this significant achievement or to put it another way, the “whole village” contributed to the success of our students (see list and photos inside). Similarly, when we see the happy faces of our children as they master a new skill while having fun after a long day at school, we thank God for our staff, volunteers and benefactors, for everyone who ensures we have the necessary resources for a meaningful and beneficial program for the children.
Thank you to all who support us. We have the pleasure of seeing the empowerment and joy on the faces of those we serve. You make it possible. THANK YOU.
A Blessed Thanksgiving to you all
Sister Breige Lavery, RSM
Read our Newsletter Winter 2014-2015