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Shine Coalition – Coming Together to Support, Honor, Inspire, Nurture, and Empower Women

With funds raised through the SHINE Women’s Summit, the Sisters of Notre Dame established the SHINE Coalition. The SHINE Coalition brings together organizations whose missions – at least in part – focus on improving the lives of women and their families. Representation to the coalition is open to groups of any faith whose values align with those of SND and have programs that will support, honor, inspire, nurture, and/or empower women in the Northwest Ohio region and beyond.

“The Sisters of Notre Dame are valuable resources of wisdom and experience. Bringing organizations together to share ideas, resources, and skills, paired with guidance from these sisters with lifetimes of experience leading ministries that serve the marginalized, will only enhance the work that these groups are doing individually,” said Kerri Rose-Rochelle, Regional Mission Advancement Director for the Sisters of Notre Dame. Examples of issues the coalition is addressing include human trafficking, food insecurity, abuse, homelessness, education, mentorship, professional development, parenting skills, mental and physical health, and self-esteem.

Participating organizations include the Sisters of Notre Dame of the United States, Mom’s House, Connecting Kids to Meals, Christ Child Society of Toledo, YWCA of Northwest Ohio, SeaGate Food Bank, KOGS, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, and the Multifaith Council of Northwest Ohio.

The SHINE Coalition had its first meeting in December 2022, and is meeting every other month in order to identify gaps in service in the community and work together to find solutions. The outcomes of the coalition’s work this year will be highlighted at the SHINE Women’s Summit on November 2, 2023.

If you would like to get involved with the SHINE Coalition or the Women’s Summit, please contact Kerri Rose-Rochelle at [email protected] or 419.214.0837.

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