Sister Berta Sailer

9:27 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

As Founding Nuns Age, Operation Breakthrough Looks Forward

Sister Berta Sailer, left, will not retire right now. Sister Carita Bussanmas had a bad fall recently and may not be able to come back to Operation Breakthrough to work.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

For more than three decades, the two nuns who’ve run Operation Breakthrough at 31st and Troost have provided mostly single moms the freedom to work.          

In the beginning, Sister Berta Sailer and Sister Carita Bussanmas had an informal arrangement to watch a handful of kids whose mothers could not afford child care.

Today, Operation Breakthrough has an $8 million budget, cares for more than 500 kids, and offers a medical and dental clinic, food and clothes pantry, social workers and therapists.

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