Margaret Cessna is a member of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. After teaching social studies and theology in high school for 27 years, she founded and for 10 years served as executive director of Heartbeats, a network of women who developed world and minority artists. For the past 12 years, she has been a family mentor for Catholic Charities' office of Migration and Refugee Services. As a freelance writer, she has published in journals, newspapers and magazine, and has written two books.

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For refugee single moms, there's a place in Cleveland

In the company of each other, these women who escaped from unspeakable indignities in their native lands come together at Mary's House to voice their fears and concerns and to learn how to persevere and prosper.