Paradise Down donates another free year of Down Syndrome services to support COAR child

Our cover girl for our 2017 Annual Benefit is Fatima, sporting a beautiful blue butterfly “tattoo” from Christmas 2016.  Here is a story about her from 2015:  Several years ago, COAR welcomed our first child with Down Syndrome. She is a wonderful girl with a bright and lively spirit who only wants to please. Thanks […]

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March 2016 Newsletter COAR Co-founder, RIP: Sister Audrey Walsh, CCVI, 1921-2015

COAR Co-founder, RIP: Sister Audrey Walsh, CCVI, 1921-2015 Those of you new to COAR might not know that our history goes back to 1980.  That is the year when Bl. Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was murdered. That summer, as the refugee camps filled, a priest, Fr. Ken Myers, a member of the Cleveland Latin American Mission (CLAM) Team, brought a few children […]

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March 2016 Newsletter Executive Director

From the Peace Mission’s Executive Director By Mary K. Stevenson Many of COAR’s supporters are not Catholic. But they appreciate the spirit and integrity with which we approach our Catholic mission. Being Catholic also gives us centuries of experience and wisdom to draw upon. St. Francis de Sales was bishop of Geneva from 1602-1622, while […]

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Christmas Pinata Party 2015

Each December, some of the COAR kids are able to connect with distant relatives so that they can spend the holidays with family.  The Courts must conduct background investigations of these families to ensure the safety of the children but if approved, we are very happy to see the kids spend the holidays with their […]

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Pre-Christmas treat: COAR kids visit a local circus

Each November, the academic year slowly comes to a halt about the same time that we in the USA celebrate Thanksgiving – but, Thanksgiving is a distinctly US tradition.  In El Salvador, high schools hold graduation ceremonies and the kids say goodbye to their teachers and friends for a couple of months.  Since the Salvadoran […]

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