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Rural Drop-In Centers Aim to Address Dangers of Isolation

Sister Loretta Jasper cut the ribbon on the Neighbor to Neighbor drop-in center on Cedar Street in Abilene, Kansas in February. (Photo credit: Bryan Thompson)

Isolation is more than just a common complaint of rural life. It can often be at the root of a host of social and health problems. That's why three Catholic nuns converted a storefront in Concordia, Kansas, seven years ago into a drop-in center for young mothers in poverty to find support and resources. In a town of 5,000, about two dozen women, from a range of backgrounds, now come through the center each day. And as Bryan Thompson reports from the Kansas News Service, the idea is spreading to Abilene, where a new drop-in center has recently opened.  

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