Three women honored at "Women Who've Changed the Heart of the City" Luncheon

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Urban Ministry Institute held a luncheon Thursday to honor women who have made a difference for people affected by poverty and incarceration.

Three women were recognized at the ceremony for years of work helping others.

Sharon Meissner and Sharri Black, both of Topeka, and Billie Bridgers of Oxford, Kansas, were recognized for exemplary service in the community.

Meissner has volunteered as the Topeka Rescue Mission's Clinic Coordinator for 28 years. Black has held various positions related to children's welfare over the last 40 years. Bridgers has been in prison ministry for 34 years and is seen as a mentor by many people.

Sponsorships and donations help the institute hold seminary-level leadership development classes in Topeka Correctional Facility and expand their outreach.

102 women in the facility are currently enrolled in the program.