When 19 adults aged 75 and older are honored on Sunday, Nov. 9 at the 12th annual Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans Gala, St. Charles County resident Sr. Cordula Wekenborg, SSND, will be among them.
The St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System holds the event each year to demonstrate that age is no more than a number and to recognize older area residents who are “reshaping the face of aging in the region,” spending their golden years in pursuits such as traveling, continuing their careers and embarking on new ones, and supporting their favorite charities.
Sr. Cordula, 82, is a retired teacher and principal who devotes her time to bringing comfort to the homeless. Since moving to the Sarah Community, a local non-profit continuum of care retirement community, she has spearheaded an innovative program that turns plastic bags into sleeping mats for homeless men and women. Each week, she and other residents cut up the bags and crochet the plastic strips into large mats that are distributed through the St. Peter and Paul shelter. To date, 100 mats have been created as part of the initiative, while more than 100,000 bags have been kept out of local landfills.