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TRIBUTE TO CLARISSA WALKER

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TRIBUTE TO CLARISSA WALKER
AND DOROTHY WOOLFORK IN
CELEBRATION OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
HON. MARTIN OLAV SABO
OF MINNESOTA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, March 15, 2001
Mr. SABO. Mr. Speaker, as we celebrate the historic achievements of American women this month, I wish to recognize two very special women from my Congressional district— Clarissa Walker and Dorothy Woolfork. For more than three decades, they have selflessly served the African-American community in Minneapolis through their work at Sabathani Community Center.
Ms. Walker—Sabathani’s Family Resources Director—and Ms. Woolfork—a Sabathani civil rights activist—have tirelessly aided those in need in the south Minneapolis community that Sabathani Community Center serves. I admire both of these women for their selflessness in reaching out to others to enact true social change. Mr. Speaker, I would like to tell you a little more about the life experiences that shaped Clarissa Walker and Dorothy Woolfork’s beliefs, and helped them become the dedicated women of conviction they are today.
CLARISSAWALKER
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Clarissa Walker settled in Minneapolis in 1955. Her service to the Twin Cities community began when she worked as an operating room technician at the University of Minneapolis Hospital.
In 1968, Ms. Walker was recruited to work for Sabathani Community Center as a youth supervisor.  She quickly moved up the ranks, serving in various positions—social worker/counselor, assistant director, acting executive director, and agency director of the Center. In 1971, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Since then she has done some post-graduate studies in business management, and has become a licensed social worker. Ms. Walker has served in her current position as director of the Family Resource program since 1985. Through the years, Ms. Walker has worked diligently to enrich the Sabathani community in a number of capacities. She has donated much of her time to several important agencies and causes, including the Minnesota Extension Advisory Committee; the Neighborhood Reinvestment Regional Advisory
Committee; the Second Harvest Food Bank Board; the United Way First Call for Help Committee; the First and Secondary Market
Loan Committee; the Neighborhood Housing Services of America Board; and the Project for Pride in Living Board. She has also served as President of the Southside Neighborhood Housing Services Board President, and has served on the Central Neighborhood Improvement Association; the United Way Budget and Allocation panel; the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee to the Mayor; and the Lake Street Partners Board.
For over a generation, Clarissa Walker and Dorothy Woolfork have worked to open the ‘‘road less traveled’’ to other women seeking to enact positive societal change. Mr. Speaker, as we celebrate Women’s History Month, we should salute these two exceptional women—ideal role models for women young and old across this country.
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/…/pdf/CREC-2001-03-15-extensions.pdf
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How Can I Help??

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How Can I Help? This is a life changing question you can ask others as well as yourself.

This is the powerful message that I learned from my grandmother, Mrs. Walker as a young child. It has taken me until now to understand the true meaning of the question “How Can I Help.” Now that I have matured and chewed on this meat for a while, I can digest it. Now I trust my ability and willingness to help.

Whenever Mrs. Walker answered the phone at the Food Shelf she greeted each caller with “How Can I Help”. Through this organization she provided food and housing for the less fortunate in her community. Mrs. Walker believed in people and in giving them a “Leg up” when they needed it most. One of the services provided for the clients of the Food Shelf was the E House. This was the arm of this program that provided the homeless participants with an apartment which they could occupy for 6 months on a sliding scale. In this way, they had an address, a phone, as well as food and shelter. Because of this they could comfortably seek employment and feel like a productive part of the community.

Watching Mrs. Walker at the Food Shelf was an amazing sight to see. She had the ability to motivate people to want to work, and I mean people that were not “The working type”. She could even get me to work on Cheese Day by promising me a Big Mac or a Whopper with her after the work was done. Cheese Day we always had cheese and butter for the community and sometimes we would also have honey, rice or dried milk.

The usual Food Shelf offered canned goods, lentils and rice. One time I remember a family coming in that had special needs. The father told my grandmother that they were in need of food and living in their van. My grandma immediately got up, grabbed my hand and headed to the Food Shelf. I started grabbing food we would normally put in a food order like rice and/or lentils. She stopped me and explained that they could not use them because they are living out of the van. She educated me on what items could be eaten without being cooked like canned chili or baked beans. She is a smart woman.

One of the last things she created before her retirement, was preparing taxes for the community, especially those who usually don’t get them done every year. Every Saturday she would be there with her team of volunteers to get a specified number of tax returns done. She also had a list of people that she worked with every season. One person mentioned that she did not see how Mrs. Walker would be able to get her taxes done with that mess on her desk. When my grandma called her to tell her that her taxes were done, the person was amazed because she received the biggest return ever. My grandmother is a very smart woman.

Because of my grandmothers dedication and contribution to her community, I have decided to honor her by starting a National Event called “How Can I Help”. This first annual event is on November 6th 2010, Mrs. Walker’s 79th Birthday. She is unable to continue on with this work without the help of everyone. The intention is to raise the energy level and vibration of our world. You decide what that means for you, and it starts with asking yourself “How Can I Help” wherever you are. You can change a person’s life with a smile or giving a burger from the dollar menu at McDonald’s. Imagine feeling like no one cares and it is you against the world, and then someone says to you, “How Can I Help”? You immediately start to feel you are not alone and someone does care. When you feel that connection with another being it is uplifting, inspiring and satisfying.

My grandma’s desire to help lives in everyone, and Saturday November 6th 2010 is the day to awaken that helping spirit.

Please share this with anyone and everyone because this is one way everyone can be GREAT.

“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. you only need a heart full of grace. a soul generated by love.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If there is anything I can do in honor of this GREAT WOMAN, please let me know! She has been a blessing to all who have had the privilege to know her. I’m THERE!!!” ~ Desiree S. Potts

“This women is amazing. There aren’t words to express the feelings she has given to others. Her heart was always full of love and her dedication to others was truly the spirit of God working. I will be involved in this for everyday the spirit of giving should be upon us as it was upon her. Thanks for honoring her”~ Deanna Nolen-Williamson

HOW CAN I HELP” I’ve heard that more than a few times from Mrs. Walker. WE LOVE YOU…..
~ Pamela Weems

Thanks for your support


Homeless Vets

I recently got into a discussion about homeless vets in the us.  The conversation was good as a whole but started with the comment of.  We need to make sure the contract is read and understood.  I have never seen the contract before so I am not sure what is in it.  But I do know that no matter what is in it, it does not explain the homelessness.  It is hard for me to imagine spending my time risking my life only to be messed up in the head and left to fend for myself.

The reason why this is so hard for me is if you brain wash me in the name of preparation for war.  Then I finish my assignment and go back home to a life that does not even look the same.  I should be supported until I am able to fend for myself.  I call this “Giving a vet a fish until he trust in themselves to fish again”.

We have to take better care of the people who take care of us.  We take care of them by providing the mental health they need as well as a place for them to feel at home in.  I know this is a hard thing to do considering everything going on here in America, but considering as much money as the Gov. waste on themselves.  This should be a part of what is needed to help those that have sacrificed so much for us all.

Namaste