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Dynamic Providence in the Desert founder celebrates 60 years as a religious Sister

The trailer park residents at the east end of the Coachella Valley in Southern California are some of the poorest people in the United States. Mostly immigrant farm workers from Mexico, they are often marginalized and discriminated against for their lack of money, differing culture and inability to speak the English language. Enter a tiny,…

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Organizations find something to believe in at Providence Family Services

To know Providence Family Services (PFS) is to believe in the work it does; or so seem to attest two recent grants awarded the not-for-profit charity. From its beginnings in 1993 with two bi-lingual counselors, Providence Family Services, located at 1540 N. Monticello Ave. in Chicago, has grown to also include English-as-a-Second-Language classes, after-school homework…

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PFS volunteer brings love for justice, education to her work

Students and volunteer tutors who come to Providence Family Services in Chicago may recognize Sister Dorothy Gartland as the no-nonsense supervisor of the afterschool homework program. They are directly impacted by her dedication to increasing education levels of local youth. What they may not recognize is the wealth of history and advocacy she represents. The…

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Organizations find something to believe in at PFS

To know Providence Family Services (PFS) is to believe in the work it does; or so seem to attest two recent grants awarded the not-for-profit charity. From its beginnings in 1993 with two bi-lingual counselors, Providence Family Services, located at 1540 N. Monticello Ave. in Chicago, has grown to also include English-as-a-Second-Language classes, after-school homework…

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Energetic Providence in the Desert founder focuses on education, justice while celebrating 60 years as a Sister of Providence

The trailer park residents at the east end of the Coachella Valley in Southern California are some of the poorest people in the United States. Mostly immigrant farm workers from Mexico, they are often marginalized and discriminated against for their lack of money, differing culture and inability to speak the English language. Enter a tiny,…

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Cathie Knox named Guerin Outreach Ministries Leadership and Advocacy Award recipient for 2010

Several times a year, parishioners at St. Theresa Church in Palm Springs load up cars and trucks with donated gifts and supplies and bring them to their neighbors across the Coachella Valley. Cathie Knox, coordinator of catechetical ministry at St. Theresa’s, organizes and makes possible these donations to immigrant farm workers living and working in…

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Local company supports Providence in the Desert student

Burrtec Waste Management and Recycling, which serves southern California, is providing an educational opportunity to a Thermal resident. Beginning in August, Burrtec is subsidizing Martha Langarica to attend intensive English classes at the Adult School in Coachella. Martha, 41, arrived in the United States from Mexico 25 years ago. For two decades she worked in…

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“It’s important to help as many people as possible,” says Sister Dorothy Gartland; 80-year-old tutor still going strong

Students and volunteer tutors who come to Providence Family Services in Chicago may recognize Sister Dorothy Gartland as the no-nonsense supervisor of the after-school homework program. They are directly impacted by her dedication to increasing education levels for local youth. What they may not recognize is the wealth of history and advocacy she represents. The…

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PFS (Providence Family Services) volunteer motivated by dedication to education, justice

Students and volunteer tutors who come to Providence Family Services in Chicago may recognize Sister Dorothy Gartland as the no-nonsense supervisor of the afterschool homework program. They are directly impacted by her dedication to increasing education levels of local youth. What they may not recognize is the wealth of history and advocacy she represents. The…

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Immigrant’s success is what Providence in the Desert is all about

Martha Langarica is a shining example of what Providence in the Desert is all about. Martha came to the United States from the state of Nayarit in Mexico 25 years ago. She came to work in the fields so that she could make enough money to pay for her mother’s heart medication. Several years later,…

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Providence in the Desert opens new doors for student

Martha Langarica is a shining example of what Providence in the Desert is all about. Martha came to the United States from the state of Nayarit in Mexico 25 years ago. She came to work in the fields so that she could make enough money to pay for her mother’s heart medication. Several years later…

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Amy Miranda is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence and a staff member in their Mission Advancement office. Amy is a 1998 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She currently manages the SP publication HOPE and works on marketing support for Providence Associates, new membership and Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.