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Students aid women's center in Oklahoma City

The McGuinness Class of 2013 shows compassion for the community by coming to the aid of The Sanctuary women's development center in south Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Published: October 27, 2012

The senior class of an Oklahoma City private Christian school recently conducted a weeklong series of community services at an inner city center for homeless women.

And the McGuinness High School Class of 2013 isn't finished yet.

The students, about 170 of them, formed teams to do landscaping and other beatification efforts at The Sanctuary women's development center, 2133 SW 11. Monday, the teens will host a carnival at the south Oklahoma City center.

The Sanctuary is a day center for homeless women, operated by Catholic Charities.

Amy Phillips, campus minister at McGuinness, said a group of seniors visited The Sanctuary when they took her summer class on social justice. She said they decided to focus on the center for their senior class project and started making concrete plans shortly after school started in August.

“They were so excited about what is happening at the sanctuary that they wanted to come back,” she said.

Phillips said in addition to the carnival and beautification efforts, the students helped create an area at the center for the children of visiting women.

Lisa Chamberlain, the center's assistant director, said the students helped clean the area and supply it with nursery school items for children. She said the students' project ended up being much bigger than she expected.

“I think it's awesome that the young people are getting involved in the community,” she said. “It's been such a blessing to us and it's been a blessing to our ladies. It's far exceeded our expectations.”

The two project coordinators Shelby McMillin and Katie Kearns, both 17, said the project ran smoothly because all of the seniors were motivated to aid the women's center.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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