Cornerstone Dinner planned for shelter

Beatitude House has been in operation since 1997.

STAFF report

WARREN — Beatitude House, which serves homeless and disadvantaged families in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, will have its seventh annual Cornerstone Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Blessed Sacrament Parish.

The dinner honors the generosity of donors as well as the accomplishments of Beatitude House clients.

Youthful clients will receive recognition for school attendance, academic improvement and personal growth. Women will receive awards for obtaining a driver’s license, maintaining employment and moving into permanent housing as well as for program attendance, education and personal growth.

Two graduates of Beatitude House, Stacy Gaugler and Janice Stenson, will be honored with the Sister Margaret Scheetz Achievement Award. Sister Margaret, founder of Beatitude House, died of cancer in 2001.

Sister Margaret’s vision for the program was to support homeless mothers as they found better lives for their families through education.

Gaugler completed the Warren transitional-housing program in 2005 and has since been awarded a Habitat for Humanity house. Gaugler earned a medical-assistant certification and found a full-time job in her field while at Beatitude House.

She since has gone back to school fulltime to become a registered nurse.

Stenson applied to Beatitude House as a last hope. After being turned down a few years before, she made up her mind she would make the program work if she was accepted and given a second chance. She started majoring in social work at Youngstown State University one week after being accepted.

She now works for a drug and alcohol program and uses her own experiences as a positive example for others. Stenson and her daughter have since moved to their own apartment. She plans to graduate in fall 2011.

Beatitude House serves homeless and disadvantaged families by creating homes, providing education and fostering healthy families.

Beatitude House can provide housing for 30 homeless families, with 24 apartments located in Youngstown and seven in Warren. The education and career preparation program has been in operation in Youngstown since 1997.

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