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answer surpris- ingly fast. I visit- ed Whitesburg, and it seemed like a good fit." Colton cites her faith and her Catholic up- bringing as one reason she decided to come to Eastern Kentucky. As a student at Marquette, Colton recalls that "I made my faith my own," when she became involved in protests of the Vietnam War and began to become familiar with so- cial justice issues. The possibility of making a difference in the lives of the people of Eastern Kentucky drew her to the region.

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Refugee worker: Rallying parishes, schools, to welcome the stranger

Linda Harvey


LEXINGTON. Refugee ministry work in- volves people of all ages and walks of life from teenagers to the elderly. Debbie Goonan received her first glimpse of work- ing with refugees when she was in college. As an undergraduate I went to Bos- ton University. My first year I lived in the dorms and my room was on the interna- tional students floor," Goonan described. I landed there, because of overcrowding in the dorm. So they put a few of us American students on the international floor that still had a few open rooms." Goonan had three roommates in their quad and they were all from the Middle Turn to Refugees, Page 8

Kimtabu Mwenilambo, from the Congo, has been in Lexington about 8 months. He was resettled here with his wife and 6 children. The van was donated by a couple from Christ the King. Photo provided

East. It ended up being one of the best things that ever happened to her. I grew up in a small town and went to Catholic schools all my life. There re- ally wasn't any diversity in my life, and I did not even know anyone who was not Catholic, until I went to college. God used Boston University's overcrowded dorms to teach me about humanity and to open up my heart. Pretty cool when I look back now," she said. Goonan is working in two roles for the diocese. She started as a student intern in the Peace and Justice Office with refugee work and also has been working with pro- viding emergency assistance to low income

Margaret Gabriel


For I wasill and you cared for me." EVARTS. When the Kentucky chapter of the Catholic Com- mittee of Appalachia held its quarterly meeting in January, the group decided to focus on issues of interest and concern to people in Eastern Kentucky. Among top- ics of great interest was the health care system and how people can take charge of an area of their lives when they often feel-or are made to feel-powerless concern- ing their health care. One member of the group was Dr. Sharon Colton, a family phy-

Physician looks beyond bureaucratic burdens to patient care

The Cloverfork staff: Eric Roberts, PAC, Will Miller PAC, Sharon Colton MD, Rachel Eu- bank MD, Seth Napier RN and Mike Napier PAC. CR photo: Margaret Gabriel

sician at Cloverfork Clinic in Ev- arts and a member of Holy Trinity Church in Harlan. Although the group's discussion initially focused on the proposed dismantling of Kynect, Kentucky's health insurance marketplace, many people voiced frustration about the difficulty of navigating the bureaucracy that surrounds health care and the health care system. Colton recognized their dissatisfaction and gave them insight into the frus- tration she experiences as a physician. "The bureau- cracy shouldn't be as diffi- cult as it is," she said. Colton, a life-long Cath- olic, first moved to Ken- tucky to work as a medical technologist, after graduat- ing from Marquette Uni- versity in Milwaukee. I responded to a 'come to Ap- palachia' appeal," Colton said. "I went to a gathering and heard about the Appalachian Regional Hospital. I wrote them and got an

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