Kate Oatis is the owner of Oatis Communications. She does social media marketing for small businesses and writes occasionally for a variety of publications, including National Catholic Reporter.

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Ohio collaborative fights human trafficking through education, partnerships

Humility Sr. Anne Victory and some of her sisters started the Cleveland-based Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in 2007 after attending a conference on immigration and trafficking. The collaborative works with eight other agencies, including the FBI, to offer in-services and workshops and to provide speakers and volunteers. The idea is to create a safety net for those being trafficked. The collaborative also works to raise awareness among professionals like nurses, social workers, educators and local law enforcement officers.

Sisters’ art makes space for the holy

Dominican Srs. Barbara Chenicek and Rita Schlitz, award-winning designers of sacred space, long ago embraced the notion that art is as much about what’s deleted as it is about what’s included – and added their own twist: by becoming one with the communities who hire them, they themselves disappear. They have designed space for Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Mich., and also for the Ursuline community in Chatham, Ontario. But when they were asked to renovate the Dominican Chapel of the Plains in Great Bend, Kan., they really began to think about their process.

Helping Haitians find water and self-sufficiency

Since 2001, the Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania, have had a working presence in Haiti, helping with basics like water and healthcare and gaining partners along the way. Sr. Josephine Dybza: “We must be a discerning presence. We get other people to buy in so we can continue to help. It isn’t so much what we’re doing there that matters. It’s that we’re opening the door for others to help.”