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OLS Cookie Jar

What's "OLS"?

The Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows use the initials "OLS" to identify themselves as a religious family of nuns in the Catholic Church. The "OLS Cookie Jar" is a bakery owned and operated by the Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows and was opened in 2004 to provide employment to some of the 20 clients - young adults with developmental disabilities - that reside at the OLS Community Homes. Since its beginning, the "OLS Cookie Jar" has grown in all ways: clientele, products and physical space!
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The Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows embraces the philosophy that all people have a right to grow and develop in an atmosphere which maximizes individual potential and recognizes the dignity of risk. The inspiration of the Sisters came from Bishop Charles P. Greco, founder of St. Mary's Training Facility in Alexandria, Louisiana, and Holy Angels Facility in Shreveport, Louisiana. Bishop Greco loved the motto "Happiness First," which suggested that people with developmental disabilities have difficulty in creating their own happiness and therefore rely on others to assist them in their personal pursuit. To bring people to their maximum level of independence is happiness. To be productive and self-sufficient is the greatest gift we can give to the persons we serve.

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