AKRON, Ohio — When people tried to pet her, the cat snuggled closer to owner Susan McIntosh. The cat is the first pet to be housed at the new home of Family Promise, a 10-year-old nonprofit organization that provides services to homeless families. Recently, it opened a kennel so that the families could keep their pets with them.
Four-year-old Lucas Dean has to have three things when he goes to the playground: long pants, Mickey Mouse gardening gloves and lots of energy. He needs them to crawl through the rough wood chips to reach the slides, stairs and swings.
EAST WENATCHEE — An interdenominational prayer service honoring babies who have been aborted will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 in the memorial garden at Holy Apostles Church, 1315 N.E. 8th St.
Pastor Liv Larson Andrews likes to walk through the West Central neighborhood. On Monday mornings, she crosses the street from Salem Lutheran Church on Broadway Avenue and meets a small group of parishioners at Indaba Coffee.
RALEIGH, N.C. — When they walk in the doors of the sprawling, red-brick Hope Community Church in Raleigh, no one takes a bulletin. Instead, they whip out their smartphones, tap the silver “Get Hope” app and open the sermon notes.
CHICAGO — Mary Cate Lynch sat in her mother’s arms before a class of fifth-graders at Oriole Park Elementary School. The 2 1¿2-year-old can’t speak many words yet. But she has mastered a bit of sign language.