West Side Catholic Center dedicates new playground

(Plain Press, July 2007) Children at the West Side Catholic’s Women and Children’s Shelter at W. 32nd and Lorain eagerly awaited the arrival of special guest Ronald McDonald on Thursday, May 31st at the dedication ceremony for their new playground. The children excitedly looked outside the fence as Ronald McDonald approached their backyard celebration.

Five children gathered around Ronald McDonald as he cut the ribbon for the new playground. The children explored their new playground taking turns sliding down the slide, the first of many children that will enjoy the playground equipment. Shelter Director Sue DiNardo says the shelter currently houses eight families with 13 children. She says the shelter is designed to house 32 women and children.

Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities Anne Newman presented West Side Catholic Center Executive Director Jerry Skoch a check for $19, 629 to pay for the playground. Most Rev. Bishop Roger Gries gave his blessing to the new playground.

Speaking on behalf of the children, Shelter Youth Advocate Terrie Gelzer thanked those responsible for the new place to play and “the gift of the ability to dream. When we play on it, it is what we want it to be,” she said.


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