Patti Staib is the Executive Director of Charitable Union in Battle Creek, Michigan. Charitable Union is a strategic partner of Gamaliel affiliate, JONAH. Charitable Union provides bedding, clothing and small household items to people in need at no charge. Charitable Union also works to connect individuals to community resources. Patti has been partnering with JONAH since its beginning in 2006.
Freddie Byrd has lived in Kansas City, Missouri since 1996 and began her involvement with Missouri Gamaliel affiliate, Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity, MORE², in 2004. Freddie converted to Catholicism in 1989 and joined Redemptorist Catholic Church in Kansas City. Freddie has a background as a social worker and is passionate about advocating for those in need.
Ema Flores is a Mexican Catholic organizer from Vera Cruz, California. Ema is an organizer within Gamaliel affiliate Justice Overcoming Boundaries (JOB). She is a member of The Church of the Resurrection in Escondido, California, a city known for having a history of anti-immigrant measures. Ema has done extensive work on health care access, increased voter registration and education. However, her main focus is on comprehensive and fair immigration reform. Ema started organizing with JOB shortly after JOB began in 2003. Ema is proud of her work within the Gamaliel network and is very active in her community.
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