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Hometown Heroes 2015 Profiles: Sister Carmen Rostar

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This week we are beginning a series of posts highlighting the awards recipients for the 2015 Hometown Heroes Celebration put on by the American Red Cross of West Michigan.
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Hometown Heroes Celebration

Thursday, April 30 from 6:00PM-10:00PM at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids

For ticket information please visit our Hometown Heroes event page.

Each year the American Red Cross celebrates the community heroes who inspire us through their commitment to service and their recognition of the humanity of their neighbors down the street, across the country, and around the world. The event will be held on Thursday, April 30 from 6:00PM-10:00PM at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. For ticket information please visit our Hometown Heroes event page.

The American Red Cross is so pleased to present Sister Carmen Rostar with the Caroline Campbell Community Impact Award. This award honors an individual or organization that has made an extraordinary impact on the West Michigan Community.

 Sister Carmen has dedicated her ministry for the past 18 years to WORD-ESL. The Writing Opportunities Reading Discoveries (WORD) project provides an intergenerational literacy program of services to enable individuals to improve the quality of their lives and their community. The WORD consists of English as a Second Language (ESL) as well as citizenship classes for immigrants and refugees. Because of her constant advocacy and guidance, immigrants and refugees found the support they needed during their most vulnerable transitional period of their lives. The ministry has assisted over 350 people to become citizens and remain active in the Grand Rapids area.

The Red Cross is very excited to honor a wonderful individual like Sister Carmen who has made such a positive change in the community.

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