The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 31, 2013

Faith-based organization targeting hunger problem

Kelly Urban

JOHNSTOWN — Addressing the issue of hunger will be the main focus during Cornerstone Leadership Foundation’s upcoming fall leadership prayer breakfast.

The event will be held at 7 a.m. Nov. 11 – coinciding with Veterans Day – at Pitt-Johnstown’s Living Learning Center in Richland Township.

Cornerstone Leadership Foundation, a local faith-based nonprofit group, sent out invitations to community, business, political, education and church leaders to attend the gathering as a

way to bring people together to pray and share ideas on how to better the Greater Johnstown area.

“Prayer time will be spent seeking the Lord’s direction in resolving the problems of hunger, unemployment and economic stability,” said Donna Crowe, foundation president.

The main speaker will be Tina Rusiski from Celebration of Life, a nonprofit organization based in Mount Pleasant whose mission is to provide safe, professionally directed emotional support, interdependent living and employment activities for adults with developmental disabilities.

The theme of Rusiski’s talk will be “Feed My Sheep, But Also Teach a Man to Fish.”

She will discuss the Produce To People food bank distribution program and will speak on the organization’s new venture with the Wounded Warrior Project.

“We’ll be discussing plans for the future in helping people become more independent and less food insecure,” Crowe said.

Crowe said that typically about 100 people attend the breakfast.

“We aren’t going to solve the problem in two hours, so we’re hoping to make this prayer breakfast a monthly or quarterly event so we can keep this discussion going and find ways to effectively work together,” she said.

The breakfast is open to the public and cost is $15 per person.

Reservations required by Tuesday and can be made by calling Crowe at 255-7965.

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