Community Effort to Realize a Christmas Dream

Posted by Spalding Hurst

November 15, 2023

Home for Christmas

RAYWICK, KY — In the small, close-knit community of Raywick, Kentucky, a remarkable story of compassion and collaboration is unfolding. Under the leadership of Sister Luke Boiarski, volunteers from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are working to ensure that Cathy, a first-time homeowner, can celebrate Christmas in her new home.

This initiative is more than a construction project; it’s a testament to the power of community spirit and the impact of collective efforts in changing lives.

The project began with a simple call for volunteers, spearheaded by Sister Luke. Individuals from various backgrounds came together for a common purpose. This diverse group of volunteers has been the driving force behind the transformation of Cathy’s house into a home.

Updates from the site have been a source of inspiration. “Working hard at Raywick today!!! Priming the rooms!!” read a recent post, highlighting the dedication and hard work being poured into every aspect of the home. The volunteers, undeterred by the scale of the task, have been returning day after day, driven by a shared commitment to the cause.

Empowering Young Volunteers

A noteworthy aspect of this endeavor has been the involvement of young volunteers, particularly a group of young women from Presentation Academy. Their contribution to painting the interior of Cathy Coleman’s house has been invaluable. Sister Luke’s praise, “She is one of the best!” not only acknowledges their hard work but also underscores the importance of nurturing a spirit of volunteerism among the youth.

As the project nears completion, attention has turned to the final details — painting doors and window frames. These finishing touches are crucial, symbolizing the care and attention invested in ensuring that every aspect of Cathy’s home is perfect.

This story goes beyond the construction of a house. It’s about community, about the bonds that are formed when people come together for a greater good. It’s a reflection of what can be achieved when compassion leads the way.

As Christmas approaches, Cathy’s home stands as a beacon of hope and a reminder of the power of human connection and the spirit of giving.

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Join the Effort

For those inspired by this story and interested in contributing to similar causes, Sister Luke and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth welcome all willing hands and hearts. This project in Raywick is just one of many that demonstrate the impact of collective effort and the enduring power of community spirit.


1 Comment

  1. Mary Ann Connolly

    So inspiring!!! The Sisters of Charity, Nazareth have been bringing Christmas, that is birthing Christ, in the hearts and homes of countless people for generations! In a world that can feel dark, we are reminded that the Light of Christ shines through these volunteers and this Congregation! Thank you for being a beacon of love and light !!!


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