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League of Catholic Women honors St. Kate's grad

Rosalind Anderson
Rosalind Anderson
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The League of Catholic Women will honor Rosalind Anderson '05, who received her Associate's Degree in Nursing from St. Catherine University, at the "Harvest of Hope" Centennial Luncheon, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Midland Hills Country Club in St. Paul.

Anderson, along with Natasha Holt and Shantae Holmes, will be recognized with the "Women Becoming" award, presented to women who have beaten the odds and are building better futures for themselves and their children. 

Anderson excels in St. Kate's Access and Success program

Nominated by St. Catherine University’s Access and Success program, Rosalind Anderson of Brooklyn Park was the first in her family to graduate college. Her family was very low income and Rosalind, by her own admission, was under-prepared for the rigorous coursework involved in a nursing degree. But while raising three children (ages 3, 9 and 14) as a single parent, she has overcome economic and educational barriers to reach her goal of becoming a registered nurse in the neo-natal care unit of the Hennepin County Medical Center.  Anderson has seized every opportunity provided to her through access to and success at St. Catherine University, as well as through the “By Your Side” mentoring program of the League of Catholic Women. 

Anderson has also taken time to encourage fellow single-parent students in every way possible.  She has shared their struggles with them, earning Anderson the well-deserved nickname, Angel. Her contagious warmth and compassion brightened the lives of former classmates and now it helps to bolster the courage of parents of at-risk premature children.

St. Catherine University’s Access and Success holds a long-standing partnership with the League of Catholic Women. Access and Success is a unique program created to support St. Catherine students who are also parents to be successful in all facets of their lives. There are offices on both campuses of the University, with staff who work specifically with Associate, Day and WEC students to link them with campus and community resources, with a particular focus on housing, childcare, financial assistance and one-to-one support.

The League of Catholic Women

The League of Catholic Women, which is celebrating its 100th year of helping women and children, began in a tearoom in 1911. It has evolved into a large organization of volunteers that provide support for single mothers, seniors, women veterans and children’s literacy. Today the League boasts 600 members, representing all walks of life — a diverse group of all ages that enhances and values the personal growth of women.

The League’s history includes operating residences for single working women, a settlement house for immigrants, a shelter for fatherless children and their mothers, and group homes for girls and boys. Its successful First Impression program helps underprivileged women to prepare for job interviews by providing professional clothing and coaching. A scholarship fund also offers grants to single mothers at St. Catherine’s University and offers “By Your Side” mentoring to help them succeed.

Since 1951, amid the towering skyscrapers in downtown Minneapolis, the League has been housed in a little building with a big green door.

“We open our building’s green door wide enough to receive all women,” said Mary Ritten, the League’s historian and centennial chair. “Social service projects expose us to a broader world and offer the chance to be a part of positive change in our community.”

The League administers programs that have made an impact on the community. The organization’s social services attempt to answer needs that arise in each new decade, including the Emergency House for transitional housing in the 80s and the Aids Ministry in the 90s. In its centennial year, the League is launching Minneapolis Network, an initiative to interact with north Minneapolis nonprofits in community-building efforts. The League has also inaugurated Veterans Outreach, a cooperative effort with Veterans' Affairs that offers women vets and wives of vets the information they need to get on with life after deployment.

Sep. 9, 2011 by Melissa Kaelin

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