Sister Charles Van Hoy awarded the Edward N. Howard Literacy Award
Sister Charles Van Hoy was awarded the Edward N. Howard Literacy Award by the Wabash Valley Literacy Coalition on April 23. Sister Charles currently ministers at Educational/Family Services in West Terre Haute as an office volunteer and tutor.
The Edward N. Howard Literacy Award has been presented annually since 1991 to a group, organization or individual that has significantly contributed to literacy efforts in the Wabash Valley. Some of the criteria on which the selection committee based their decision included: length of service in literacy-related activities, impact beyond the Wabash Valley and the nominee’s directly tutoring individuals.
The Coalition was impressed with S. Charles’ impact on children and particularly on those struggling to learn, said Susan Jakaitis, events coordinator and treasurer for the Wabash Valley Literacy Coalition.
S. Charles has spent much of her life’s ministry in literacy-related fields from teacher, to an administrator of an adult literacy program to her current position of more than two years as a volunteer tutor at Educational/Family Services, a ministry of Guerin Outreach Ministries.
About the Sisters of Providence
The Sisters of Providence, a congregation of 214 women religious, with 300 Providence Associates, collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. The Sisters of Providence have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind., which is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 13 states, the District of Columbia and Asia, through works of love, mercy and justice. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries can be found at SistersofProvidence.org.