Our city government is a dismal business to be sure (see below), but the sun still shines. Helen Lehman, one of the directors of Catherine's Care Center when she is not busy financing affordable housing for those of us on the lower rungs of economic success or hosting evacuees from the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina, got a hold of me a couple of days ago. She reported that Catherine's Care, once a program of the Creston Neighborhood Association, is now an independent non-profit corporation. Congratulations!
Since St. Mary's hospital abandoned its mission to support this unique northeast side medical clinic for the indigent last May, Helen and the rest of the Catherine's Care crew have reinvigorated the clinic and found new support for it in the community. In just this past week: On Saturday the Creston business district association raised new funds for Catherine's Care by hosting a car show; also Ronald McDonald's Charities approved a grant of $12,900 for the clinic. As St. Mary's fades into corporate gray, the warmth of human kindness still colors River City.