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Community Church quilts donated for New Moms

3:59 PM, Oct. 7, 2013  |  Comments
From left, Ruth Ann Hiller, Margaret Loving, Mary Ann Blahnik, Sue Kaeske, Sharen Young, and Jane Mohr helped create 45 sets of comforters that Community Church of Fish Creek sent to sent to New Moms Inc. in Chicago.
From left, Ruth Ann Hiller, Margaret Loving, Mary Ann Blahnik, Sue Kaeske, Sharen Young, and Jane Mohr helped create 45 sets of comforters that Community Church of Fish Creek sent to sent to New Moms Inc. in Chicago.
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In the early days of Fish Creek, a number of women made and sold quilts to raise money for building a church as well as for civic improvement projects like oil for unpaved, dusty streets and gas for streetlamps.

The quilting tradition came full circle last month when 45 sets of colorful, handmade comforters left "the-little-church-that-quilts-built" bound for Chicago and the beds and cribs of homeless teenage mothers and their babies.

A new facility is being opened by New Moms Inc., who "enable, empower and equip at-risk adolescent parents and their children through services and mentoring based on Christian values." The program began when a woman began distributing diapers and formula from the trunk of her car. Nearly 30 years later New Moms offers career-readiness, parenting, life skills and literacy training to break the cycle of poverty which traps these young families.

The comforters added a profusion of color to the sanctuary at Community Church as they were dedicated and as the women who made them were introduced to the congregation by Sue Kaeske, who spearheaded the project that hearkened back to church and village history.

For more information on New Moms Inc., see http://newmomsinc.org

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