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Old 08-05-2014, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I can't remember her name.
It's Sister Adrian Barrett.

If you people honestly believe the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area wouldn't have become overrun with low-lives without her assistance then you are more gullible than I thought.
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Old 08-05-2014, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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It's Sister Adrian Barrett.

If you people honestly believe the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area wouldn't have become overrun with low-lives without her assistance then you are more gullible than I thought.
Thanks, I just Googled her. Sister Adrian Barrett, IHM, looks familiar and I'm sure I've seen her on the news. I believe she puts on a Thanksgiving dinner for the poor each year, among other things.

The IHM Sisters have done a lot for Scranton, from feeding and caring for the poor to founding Marywood University and Catholic elementary and secondary schools all around NEPA.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:05 PM
 
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Sister Adrian Barrett, IHM, started the nonprofit Friends of the Poor in 1984, according to the FB site. It's purpose: "to ease the burden of living in poverty and enhance the quality of life for all who live in low-to-moderate-income communities." Laudable, critical work. Nothing without cost, however.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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And addiction/alcoholism, mental illness, and lack of affordable treatment can make employment issues a mute point.
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Employers that pay family-sustaining salaries aren't going to site themselves within a region that is as poorly-educated as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. This is why hundreds of people lined up to work for new retailers like Gabriel Brothers in Wilkes-Barre for $8/hr. and why thousands of people clamor to work in the "flex buildings" in Pittston Township---packing boxes and unloading trucks in warehouses for $10/hr. That's the best someone with just a high school diploma is really going to be able to get in the region in terms of stable employment with benefits. This isn't the Techneglas era where hundreds of people could walk out of high school with a diploma and make $20/hr. at "da factree" for life. It's a different economy now.
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Old 08-07-2014, 05:35 AM
 
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I agree. And, although the area holds promise in the health-related jobs and maybe more, these promising sectors sit in a matrix of economic depression. Naturally, many young docs are drawn away.
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Old 08-10-2014, 12:00 PM
 
Location: The REAL WORLD.
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Interesting. I've lived in PA since 1993 and we watch WNEP news just about every night. I never heard of "Sister Sneakers", and a quick Google search turns up nothing.
AKA Sister Adrienne. She always wore sneakers hence the nickname Sister Sneakers.
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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So, she the IHM sisters in general, or Sister Adrian in particular, really put up billboards in ghetto areas of other cities telling people to move to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and sign up for welfare?

Or is it an urban legend? Can anyone post a link to an article about it, or a photo of one of the billboards? Like I said, I've lived in the area since 1993 and never heard of this controversy, so it may have been before my time.
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