Charity's Founder Celebrates Her 100th Birthday, Raises $100,000 at Party

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Sister Jerome Corcoran Still Works Every Day at Age 99½, Became a Nun in Catholic Church in 1930's; Launches New Website

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Sister Jerome Corcoran, an Irish Catholic Ursuline nun and founder of Sister Jerome's Poor, celebrates her 100th birthday on April 21,2016 and is launching her new website this week,

Sister Jerome has had a long career of helping others. She began her career as a nun in the Catholic Church in 1935, and continues to work every day to help working poor families to live a better life. In the late 1970's, she founded he Millcreek Children's Center, a preschool in the inner city area of impoverished Youngstown, Ohio. Later, in 1998, Sister Jerome and Sister Mary Dunn founded a successful charter school, Youngstown Community School, which offers Kindergarten through grade 6.

"Working every day doing something I love is my secret to staying young," said Sister Jerome. Today her focus is on Sister Jerome's Poor, a project which helps working families, who through no fault of their own, are struggling to meet their day-to-day needs. Sister Jerome's Poor also helps inner-city college students with the financial difficulties they face while completing their studies.

An early birthday celebration for Sister Jerome was held in Youngstown, at which the community raised $100,000 for the project. Additional donations, which are always needed, can be made via her official website,

To schedule an interview with Sister Jerome, please contact the Ursuline Center of Youngstown at (330) 792-7636. For photos and more information, please visit the official website (

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