News Updates

  • Northgate II Jesuit Volunteer Believes Storytelling Can Inspire Change

    My name is Róisín (pronounced ROW-sheen) Goebelbecker, and I’m working at Northgate II through the Jesuit Volunteer Corp (JVC). I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2019 with a double major in Film, Television, and Theater and American Studies. Going into college, I knew I loved creating theater and believed deeply in the power of stories to create social change. I also knew that I needed to learn more about injustice and marginalized populations, and found that American Studies, the study of American culture, was the ideal way for me to do so. Through these two majors, I came to appreciate the power of popular culture to promote messages/beliefs that influence people’s lives.

    Published on October 26th, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • Data-Supported Programing for New Education and Wellness Center

    The Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center is going digital! We’ve officially begun our eight-week implementation process with Apricot 360, a comprehensive database that will allow us to track the needs and progress of our students and residents so that we can create better programming to best suit the needs of our community, including seniors, differently-abled residents, and, of course, our children and their families.

    Published on October 15th, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • Education Center Celebrates First Annual Latinx Heritage Event

    September 15th marked the start of Latinx Heritage Month and this year the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center decided to host its first annual Latinx Heritage Celebration Event! On October 1st from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the open field behind the Education trailer was lit up with string lights, brightly-colored pumpkins, sugar skulls, and delicious smelling treats from all over Latin America.

    Published on October 1st, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • Education Center COVID-19 Back-to-School Update

    COVID-19 UPDATE: To help our kids and their families deal with the difficulty of growing up during a pandemic, the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center at Ethel Lawrence Homes is now operating a virtual homework club, featuring one-on-one online tutoring as well as a range of enrichment and self-care workshops offered via Zoom.

    Published on September 8th, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • MDOC Takes a New Approach for Back-To-School in 2020

    Ethel R Lawrence Homes is more than affordable housing — it’s a community, it’s a family. And what do families do when they’ve been apart for a while? They have a Reunion! From August 31st to September 3rd, Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center staff hosted an ourdoor community reunion event. We barbequed all day, took wellness check-ins of every attendee, signed families up for Virtual Homework Club and tutoring, and began registering people to vote!

    Published on September 3rd, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »