ENEJ president Dianne Aid, center, presented the award to TCDC organizer Nancy Sullivan, right, and the Rev. Paula Jackson, left.

ENEJ president Dianne Aid, center, presented the award to TCDC organizer Nancy Sullivan, right, and the Rev. Paula Jackson, left.

The Episcopal Network for Economic Justice (ENEJ) presented the Gloria Brown Award to Price Hill-based Transformations CDC (TCDC) for “outstanding faith-based economic justice” work during their recent summit held in Cincinnati.

Transformations CDC, created as an independent organization by Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador, Cincinnati, is developing a worker-owner cooperative of immigrant women making tamales, as well as various educational and health initiatives.

During the summit, ENEJ members visited the Community Matters/Education Matters campus in Lower Price Hill, where they enjoyed tamales, hibiscus tea and a wonderful salad prepared by the cooperative. Sullivan shared with summit attendees some of the issues facing Central American immigrants, including the reasons young mothers and teens have felt forced to flee the violence in their home countries, as well as the work the organization does to provide education and other forms of support.

 

 
AnaAna De León, who along with her older sister, María, were the first two students of the Homework Club in Forest Park, received her diploma from DePaul Cristo Rey High School during commencement exercises held at Mt. St. Joseph University in Cincinnati on May 31. Ana was in the fifth grade when Homework Club was started at the Latino Ministry Center in January 2009. Ana is pictured here with Carlos and Glenda deJesús, organizers of the Forest Park Homework Club. Ana will attend UC-Blue Ash this fall.