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Paz De Cristo Community Center Empowers People in Need

Posted July 2, 2015 5:40 p.m. CDT

Chicago Cubs pitcher Travis Wood and his wife Brittany Wood serve up hot chicken alfredo and a fresh salad at the Paz De Cristo Community Center in Mesa, Arizona.

Often the working poor and elderly living in Mesa, Arizona, are forced to choose between buying groceries and paying their utility bills. By June, it's already a blistering 111 degrees in Mesa.

As a result, the Paz De Cristo Community Center sees an increase in attendance every summer. "If they can eat here, or get one of our food boxes, they can use their grocery money to pay the utilities," said Arlen Westling, director of the center.

Located on the west side of a city with a population of more than 455,000, Paz De Cristo Community Center is the only organization in the region that offers a hot meal every night. About 55 percent of the evening meal guests Paz De Cristo serves are homeless. The rest are the working poor, senior citizens or struggling single-parent families. In addition to a hot meal every night, Paz De Cristo also distributes about 1,300 food boxes every month. Each food box feeds a family of four for three days.

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Girls Inc. Honors Tradition of Tenacity

June 24, 2015 1:45 p.m. CDT

Thousands of girls are getting a jump start in life thanks to a new wellness center in Omaha, Nebraska, named after a tenacious community leader.

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UP Team Helps 'Clean Sweep' Council Bluffs

June 12, 2015 10:00 a.m. CDT

A team from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum helps Celebrate Council Bluffs during the "clean sweep" from Roberts Park to Bayliss Park.

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Railroad Roots Connect Generations of Chinese

June 02, 2015 2:05 p.m. CDT

Union Pacific recently sponsored the 150th Anniversary of the Chinese Building the Transcontinental Railroad. Gene Chan's great grandfather, Jow Kee, was one of those workers.

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Forget Disneyland: I'm Going to Santa Teresa

May 12, 2015 1:48 p.m. CDT

A year after the grand opening of Union Pacific's Santa Teresa New Mexico Fueling Facility and Intermodal Terminal, the desert town has become one of the state's hottest industrial areas.

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