Sandy Lewis (center), a member of Holy Name of Jesus Christ Catholic Church parish in Cedar Lake, presents a $1,650 check on Dec. 12 to Liz Guzman-Arredondo (left), manager of St. Monica Home, located on the campus of Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer; and Laura Mannion, Franciscan Alliance Foundation director of development. The donation came from funds collected during the church’s annual Baby Bottle Ministry campaign, in which parishioners fill numerous bottles with money. The observance takes place during October, which is Respect Life month.
Lewis, who has been involved in raising funds for St. Monica for more than 10 years, told Guzman-Arredondo she appreciates the home’s efforts and its pro-life support. Guzman-Arredondo thanked Lewis and said the money will be used to purchase such necessities as linens, mattresses, bouncing seats and baby tubs. St. Monica, since 1994, has offered a medically sound and emotionally healthy residential environment for women aged 12 to 21 who are awaiting the birth of a child or have recently given birth. Residents, whose average length of stay is nine months, learn positive relationships and parenting skills under the guidance of experienced resident advisers. For more information or to make a donation, call (219) 865-2141, ext. 45284.