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Catalyst Radio: Women At Risk works for dignity in West Michigan, internationally

WAR is in 31 countries, working to give women safe havens and financial independence. A benefit race on May 18 will help fund work in Central America
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speach issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

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WAR's safe-house in Thailand provides opportunity for women to create jewelry and earn income in order to become independant

WAR's safe-house in Thailand provides opportunity for women to create jewelry and earn income in order to become independant /Women At Risk International

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Women At Risk International reaches around the world to many conflict and impoverished areas to help women and girls who are the target of violence and abuse. But right here in the West Michigan area, Women At Risk (or WAR) is also working to provide safe-houses and aid.

Women At Risk operates two stores in the Grand Rapids area that sell jewelry created by the women being served by WAR, to give them an income and help them work towards economic independence. Many times women remain in abusive situations because they are unable to finanically support themselves, according to WAR.

In this episode of Catalyst Radio we speak with Becky McDonald, president and founder of Women At Risk, and also with Theresa Meendering, who is part of the team organizing the family-fun fundraising event called Hop ½  Mile to Help A Child, a benefit for WAR’s orphanage in Haiti.

The benefit "hopping race" is set for May 18 at the Grandville Middle School track. Early Bird Registration ends March 30.



Music featured this week on Catalyst Radio is from a collection of artists that put out a disc entitled "For The Kids." The song is “The Hoppity Song” by John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting. Music also from local band Glean Infusion, with “The Liftoff, The Landing” from the 2012 release "Alive and Well."

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