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by Weston Kenney | westonkenney@archstl.org | Instagram: westonkenney


Debbie Gartner is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and is its Pastoral Associate for Seniors. Along with being a pastoral associate, she also co-coordinates a volunteer group from Immaculate Heart that servers dinner at St. Peter and Paul Shelter twice a month. This group has been serving dinner for the residents at the shelter for two years. The volunteers also donate clothes and toiletries for the men who come to the shelter. Gartner received the Catholic Women Award on August 2. “I want the men to know that they matter, that they still have value, that they are important,” Gartner said.


By Colleen Dulle | colleendulle@archstl.org | twitter: @colleendulle

In response to this story, I received messages from two women who were moved by Debbie Gartner’s ministries.  One woman, Judy, had lost her husband in November and wanted to donate some of his clothing to the homeless women Debbie serves.  Another, Barb, had read about Debbie’s card-writing ministry and was inspired to begin one at her own parish.

These ladies gave me hope that the print media can still be an avenue of two-way communication, helping us come together to serve those in need.  I hope Review readers will continue to contact reporters if they want more information on something or would like to get involved; that is why we put our email addresses and Twitter handles next to every article we write!