Tag Archives: Empowerment

Gaby’s Six-Month Update

Gaby Bandini is the ESPERA Business Facilitator for Mary’s Pence, hired in June 2015. Her first task has been building business capacity among pilot groups of twelve ESPERA businesses in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. Here’s what she’s been up … Continue reading

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Youth Voices: Creating a Space for Altruism – Youth Rise Texas

Youth Rise Texas is a start-up grassroots organization in Austin, Texas, that provides leadership development for youth whose parents have been deported or incarcerated. The majority of Youth Rise participants are young women of color. A first-time Mary’s Pence grant … Continue reading

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Interview with Gaby in La Voz Latina

Gaby Bandini, new ESPERA Business Facilitator, was recently interviewed for an article in La Voz Latina, a Spanish language newspaper for the Latino community in St. Paul and Minneapolis where Mary’s Pence offices are located. We have translated the article … Continue reading

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Meet Mary’s Pence- Taylor

Greetings, Mary’s Pence community! My name is Taylor Harwood, and I will be providing development and communications support for Mary’s Pence this year as a St. Joseph Worker volunteer. The St. Joseph Worker Program is a year of service for … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Children Gone?

Sr. Pat Rogucki, Mary’s Pence Board member, has been traveling in Central America for the past 26 years. She has an intimate knowledge of the people and culture there. In this post, she reflects on the tactics used in Mexico … Continue reading

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Meet Mary’s Pence: Paige

Good morning donors, grantees, and other Mary’s Pence supporters! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Paige King and I am excited to announce that I have recently assumed my new role as the … Continue reading

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Humanizing Mothers & Daughters of Incarceration

This post was written by Michelle Dahlenburg, the Artistic Director of Conspire Theatre. Conspire Theatre is a Mary’s Pence Grant recipient that gives women dealing with incarceration a healing and empowering experience though theatre and creative writing. They lead weekly … Continue reading

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Why Teach Yoga to Prisoners?

Kathleen Bond, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner, originally received a Mary’s Pence Grant for her work in Paraiba, Brazil where she trained black women leaders in the areas of health, sexuality, human rights, and spirituality. Now, she does ministry in three … Continue reading

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Meet Mary’s Pence: Nadine

We are excited to start a new series of blog posts in which we will be introducing you to the Staff and board of Mary’s Pence. These are people who are integral to the work that Mary’s Pence does. We … Continue reading

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