Introducing Our 2015 More Than Words Winners!
We are thrilled to introduce our 2015 More Than Words Winners!
All three women have undertaken or spearheaded the development of incredible charities that are dedicated to improving the life circumstances of others! After 30 days and over 17,000 votes, the public has selected the women who inspire them most; their real-life heroines!
Find out who they are…
Lucy’s Hearth – More Than Just a Shelter
Now in its thirty-first year of operation, Lucy’s Hearth is located in a former convent and administers upward of 200 cases a year. Its four programs—emergency shelter, transition apartment, permanent apartment and aftercare—are designed to help moms increase their self-sufficiency. In Jennifer’s nine years with the shelter, the results of its programs have risen dramatically, helping more families find permanent housing faster than ever before.
As the permanent director of Lucy’s Hearth, a homeless shelter for mothers and children located in Middletown, Rhode Island, Jennifer Barrera sees people brought back from the edge of despair every day and given new hope by utilizing the shelter’s resources and programs.
Lakota Children’s Enrichment (LCE) – Changing the Way Americans View Injustice in America
Lakota Children’s Enrichment empower Lakota youth and amplifies their voices by providing opportunities in the arts, education, sports, leadership and mentorship. LCE also provides education about the history and obstacles facing American Indian reservations today. LCE’s world-wide base of youth and adult volunteers enthusiastically supports its projects and advocacy efforts.
Maggie Dunne has seen LCE grow from a grassroots organization to one that runs programs involving 4000 Pine Ridge youths. The programs are run out of LCE’s home base in Scarsdale, New York—where Maggie spends her time raising awareness, coordinating volunteers and creating partnerships to benefit the Reservation—and from Pine Ridge where Maggie organizes events, collaborates with the Native elders and community leaders and oversees LCE’s leadership-mentorship programs aimed at empowering Lakota youth and amplifying voices that have been silent for too long.
Be Loud! Sophie Foundation – Have No Fear
2015 More Than Words Award Winner: Lucy Steiner
And move with grace
Explode with light
Have no fear…
To honor the memory of their 15-year-old daughter who died from cancer, Lucy and Niklaus Steiner established the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation, whose mission is to support adolescent and young-adult cancer patients and their families at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It achieves this by addressing the unique needs of adolescent and young-adult cancer patients and by supporting complementary medicine such as yoga, acupuncture and meditation and ensuring UNC Hospital patients have access to these resources.