Food Chains

Submitted by Joyce McNally - Posted to website on 1/10/17

In September 2016 Nazareth Association provided a $1000 Grant to Transformations Center in support of the CSJ’s as they tackle an important social justice issue of Human Trafficking. In January 2017 a very important film, Food Chains will be shown regarding the conditions of the folks who work in our fields in California. The tomato farms and vineyards are in the documentary. Discussion will follow each viewing. Dates and times are:

Tuesday, January 17: 7-9pm at TSC
Discussion facilitated by Mariah Hennen
Farmworker Legal Services

Thursday, January 19: 5:30-7:30pm
At St. Joseph Parish, 936 Lake St.,
Kalamazoo

Discussion facilitated by Adrian Vazquez
Hispanic American Council

Tuesday, January 24; 1:30-3:30pm
at TSC

Discussion facilitated by Maia Storm
Immigration Attorney

To register go to: Transformations Center
or call 269.381.6290 x249


Mary Ellen Pellington, Nazareth College (1972) Receives 2016 Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award

Submitted by Joyce McNally - Posted to website on 1/10/17

Mary Ellen Pellington was recognized as an outstanding Library Director and community leader. Under her leadership, the Octavia Fellin Library was awarded the 2014 National Museum and Library Medal for Excellence. This award was presented at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. In 2012 Mary Ellen received the National I Love my Librarian Award, from the Carnegie Institute and New York Times, for excelling in the field of Librarianship. In 2015 she was recognized by the New Mexico State Senate for her outstanding accomplishments in the field of library science and for her advocacy of library services that benefit Gallup, NM. She has been able to turn the library into a community center for exchange of ideas and developed services and programs vital to the growth of Gallup’s citizens.

She has built library services and programs responding to community needs. She established a Navajo Language room and a strong Native American film and music collection; and a multitude of programs reflective of our state’s rich history and culture including a growing celebration for Native American Heritage, Hispanic Heritage and African American History. Through her efforts, the library now offers free computer training on a wide variety of software and social media for community members. She established the yearly Gallup Authors Festival and incorporated the library into the fabric of community life.She has built library services and programs responding to community needs. She established a Navajo Language room and a strong Native American film and music collection; and a multitude of programs reflective of our state’s rich history and culture including a growing celebration for Native American Heritage, Hispanic Heritage and African American History. Through her efforts, the library now offers free computer training on a wide variety of software and social media for community members. She established the yearly Gallup Authors Festival and incorporated the library into the fabric of community life.

Ms. Pellington was responsible for bringing Story Corps from NPR to Gallup where people were able to visit the library and record their personal family stories and have them archived.Ms. Pellington was responsible for bringing Story Corps from NPR to Gallup where people were able to visit the library and record their personal family stories and have them archived.

In addition to her incredible work bringing the library to life for the community, she is involved in enhancing her community in many other ways. She is an active member of the Gallup Rotary and Lions Clubs, the Elks lodge, and Gallup McKinley County Early Childhood Community Council. She is a member of the local arts organization, GallupArts, and is involved in the development of Gallup Mainstreet Arts and Cultural District.In addition to her incredible work bringing the library to life for the community, she is involved in enhancing her community in many other ways. She is an active member of the Gallup Rotary and Lions Clubs, the Elks lodge, and Gallup McKinley County Early Childhood Community Council. She is a member of the local arts organization, GallupArts, and is involved in the development of Gallup Mainstreet Arts and Cultural District.