2009 Generosity of Joseph Honors Awarded

On Saturday, May 2, the third Generosity of Joseph Honors Gala were awarded at the historic Carondelet Motherhouse. The event began with Mass at 4:30pm, followed by reception, silent auction, candlelight dinner and honors ceremony.

2009 Generosity of Joseph Honorees

Lynne M. Cooper and DOORWAYS, St. Louis Missouri
Care and advocacy for those with AIDS

"Lynne had a dream-a dream that no more people infected with HIV/AIDS would be forced to live in sub-standard housing and stripped of every shred of human dignity," says Sister Loretta Costa, CSJ. "Out of her dream, DOORWAYS was born."

DOORWAYS, an interfaith AIDS housing and services organization, was formed in 1988 by Cooper, who collaborated with area community and religious leaders to decide what services would best respond to an unmet need in the HIV/AIDS population. DOORWAYS provides housing and care for 1,000 households affected with HIV/AIDS each year, has an annual operating budget of $6 million and has brought more than $50 million of competitive federal housing dollars to Missouri.

DOORWAYS has been recognized with numerous housing, historic preservation and best practice awards. Cooper has also received several recognitions and awards for her achievements and has served on numerous state and national boards. She currently serves on the boards of the National AIDS Housing Coalition, Women of Achievement and the Missouri Children's Trust Fund.

 

Richard D. Egan, Sister Bay, Wisconsin
Advocacy for the poor, marginated and underserved

For the past 12 years Egan has been an ongoing supporter of FUVIRESE in Baños, Ecuador, self-governing, non-profit, cooperative foundation providing services and support for disabled people in the region of of Baños, Ecuador. After visiting FUVIRESE in 1997, Egan was inspired to create, a U.S.based charitable foundation that provides FUVIRESE financial, administrative and moral support.

"Mr. Egan's support has allowed FUVIRESE to be more visible and receive additional aid from the government and other sources," says Sister Mary McGlone, CSJ, executive director of FUVIRESE USA, Inc. "For the people of FUVIRESE, the best days of the year are those when Dick visits them in Baños. He loves the people as much as they love him."

Egan is also involved in additional charities including serving on the board of Wisconsin Public Radio and the Door County Foundation.

John M. Ringwald, St. Louis, Missouri
Care and advocacy for older persons

“John has a real commitment to older people,” says Lu Westhoff, executive director of CSJ sponsored Nazareth Living Center. “He was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph, who are very near and dear to his heart. Serving on the Nazareth Board is his way to give back.”

Ringwald retired in 1998 after a successful 36 year finance career with Ralston Purina. He volunteers 40 hours a week using his financial expertise to give back to the community. Along with Nazareth, he serves on several other committees including the Finance and Investment Committee for St. John Vianney High School and the Budget Committee for St. Louis Archdiocese Finance Committee. He is also a part of the Feed My People/Operation Food Search, an organization that produces fresh vegetables in the St. Louis city and farm gardens for distribution to those in need.

John is the chairperson of the Nazareth Living Center Board of Trustees and an integral part of sustaining, advancing and advocating for premier care for aging persons.

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