Teens in Grand Rapids team up in respect for life
On Jan. 22, students, along with Grand Rapids area youth ministers, participated in the March for Life at the State Capitol in St. Paul. Youths in the Grand Rapids area have started a Teens for Life group. This group unites faiths on the core issue of the right to life. the ecumenical venture was the first event the Teens for Life group has planned and attended together. Following the March for Life, teens offered their service at “Feed My Starving Children” (FMSC). In two hours the group packed 26,568 meals for hungry children in Nicaragua. This service project is available at various locations in the Twin Cities. FMSC provides the ingredients and relies on volunteers to assemble the food packs that are sent to various impoverished countries throughout the world. On the way home, youths had a chance to share their thoughts about the day. One message from the kids rang clear — for the community churches to join together and work for life was great. New friendships were formed, and the youth are excited to bring other events and ideas forward for youth in the Grand Rapids area to unite for life.
Guiding Star Duluth names new director
Guiding Star Duluth has announced the hiring of Rheanna Letsos as its new executive director, effective Feb. 5. She is a Duluth native, having attended the College of St. Scholastica. She earned her bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior. She is an active member at St. Benedict’s parish and has two sons, Damian and Dominic, who are currently enrolled at St. James Catholic School. Letsos brings skills from nonprofit organization and management, currently serving as the education and outreach coordinator for the Duluth Community Garden Program. In addition, she has worked as the administrative assistant for the Newman Center ministries at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She served as a LISC/AmeriCorps volunteer coordinator at Community Action Duluth. She has been attending community collaboratives focused on grant writing, reducing homelessness, and faith, poverty and racism. She has led successful initiatives at the Duluth Community Garden Program through her leadership and communication with committees and membership across several program areas. She has successfully led creative public relations and marketing efforts, annual fundraising events and quarterly educational opportunities. She has worked to create positive working relationships with Duluth and surrounding area community partners and collaboration on new programs. Letsos is passionate about helping women and giving them the support they need to make choosing life the natural choice. Her experience and success in community nonprofit management, community outreach, community building and collaborative approach convinced the organization she is a perfect fit for leading Guiding Star Duluth into the future.