A Letter from Mary King Dodwell:
Dodwell House is a wonderful community center being purchased and renovated by our beloved St. Anna’s Church in New Orleans. The Dodwell House will help continue the legacy and vision of Bob’s and my ministries with children, youth and Hispanics for the Diocese of Louisiana. We are so honored that the people of St. Anna’s wanted to name this center in Bob’s memory and my honor.
The goals of the Dodwell House will be to provide space for programs that will help reduce poverty and inequality, provide outreach to at-risk children, provide a cultural crossroads for the diverse population served by St. Anna’s and to provide a permanent home for the afterschool ministry and the Hispanic ministries.
Anna’s Art, an after school ministry for neighborhood school age children, is changing lives and providing children of poverty with the hope and guidance to succeed in school and life. This program has outgrown St. Anna’s spaces and needs more room to grow in order to serve additional children waiting to be a part of this program. This important ministry will expand to the Dodwell House.
In addition, the Hispanic ministries that Bob and I were so devoted to have come alive in the city of New Orleans and at St. Anna’s through the Casa de Oportunidades. This multi-dimentional ministry is serving more than 125 individuals and over 50 families in the wider community by providing English as a second language support and social justice and outreach skills in New Orleans to the Hispanic children, youth and adults in our St. Anna’s and New Orleans area families.
We have been so blessed in our lives and in our service to God. Bob would be happy to know that ministries so close to our hearts can grow and blossom in the Dodwell House Community Center.
Please join our family in supporting the purchase and renovation of the Dodwell House. We are making a financial gift and pledge to St. Anna’s to help purchase the properties and buy materials for renovation. Renovations have already begun on the part of the Center intended to house the missionary groups who come to New Orleans. Some of our nephews and nieces and their families are volunteering on the renovation work crews. They will join volunteers from around America who are working along side a professional builder to create the needed space. Come join us.
Please complete and return the enclosed gift/pledge card or go online to www.stannanola.org to provide a tax deductable gift for this important initiative. If you would like to volunteer your time and talents for the restoration and renovation work please contact Darryl at email@example.com or call 504-947-2121. Come join us!
If you have questions or comments about the Dodwell House please call Fr. Bill Terry the Rector of St. Anna’s at 504-947-2121 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your friendship and love. Hope to visit with you soon.
Peace of our Lord be with you.
Mary King Dodwell
c/o St. Anna’s Episcopal Church
1313 Esplanade Ave.
Paige Royer and Kerry Clayton:
Paige Royer and Kerry Clayton moved to New Orleans in August of 2006 with their son Tim (who became a junior at Lusher Charter School and was in their first high school graduating class.) They had lived in the New York City area for the previous 26 years, minus 8 years in Minneapolis. Paige, a native of Norfolk VA, had taught English as a Second Language at Kean University in Union, NJ. Kerry, who grew up in Atlanta GA, had been CEO of Assurant, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange – traded specialty insurance group based in Manhattan. Both retired in 2006.
Paige is a graduate of Emory University and has a master’s from Kean University. She is on the boards of Sweet Home New Orleans and the Film Forum in New York City. Kerry is a graduate of Georgia Tech and has a master’s from Harvard Business School. He is on the boards of Southern Repertory Company and the Joyce Theater Foundation in New York City. They have 3 children: Margaret who lives in Chicago, Tom who lives in New York City, and Tim, who attends the University of Southern Calif.
“What captured our imagination about the Dodwell House concept and indeed Oportunidades and Anna’s Arts was the desperate need to get at-risk children off the streets and to enhance their lives by introducing them to the arts. We are also most interested in providing our Latino population with the tools to be successful members of our community. When we were given the opportunity to invest in Dodwell House and start the work of a long term home for these missions we took it! We hope others will invest in the future of our city through her children and our Hispanic families as well as preserving a bit of history in the Marsoudet-Dodwell House.” Paige and Kerry
I had the pleasure of meeting Paige two years ago and later Kerry. Paige is a quiet and lovely person who has an inward passion for helping people and if it entails the arts more so. She wandered around our Oportunidades classes and saw the concept of Anna’s Arts and met Mr. Darryl Durham and soon she offered her support. The following year when we met both Kerry and Paige they saw the vision for a Treme community center embracing the arts, multi-cultural enhancements, and helping our newest immigrant families. Again, they stepped up and offered their support. They are a blessing to the city and to the programs that will make a difference in the lives of students and the life of our city. Fr. Bill Terry+