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Bishop’s Annual Appeal Supports Vital Ministries (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 02/12/2016

If you want a testimony on the value of Catholic Charities' Senior Enrichment Center, just ask Gail Allen, whose late husband participated in the program for four years. "We absolutely loved it," she said. "I could stand on a soap box and tell people about it." Allen's husband Jimmy died two years ago, but she's still involved with the program as … read more >>

School Counseling Helps Students Balance Academics, Emotional Health (Ned Andrew Solomon, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/29/2016

Bullying. Anxiety. Stress. Social skills challenges. Loss of a family member through death or divorce. These are a few of the most serious challenges plaguing young kids in school these days. And before you think this is just a public school or secular private school problem, take note: our Catholic school students are dealing with the same issues. It is why … read more >>

Murfreesboro Couple has Fostered 112 Babies since 1989 (Lori Mitchell, WKRN-Channel 2 -- PHOTO: By Donn Jones Photography, Courtesy Tennessee Titans)

Posted 01/21/2016

Ralph and Sue Hillman of Murfreesboro have a special place in their hearts for babies and not just their own.With three grown children, the couple has helped care for 112 other babies through the years as foster parents."To think we've changed all of their diapers, given them all baths and fed them all," joked Sue as she stood in front of a photo wall with … read more >>

Nashville Fashion Alliance Launches Accelerator Program (Linda Bryant, Nashville

Posted 01/21/2016

The Nashville Fashion Alliance is making a fashion statement ... of sorts.Since successfully raising more than $100,000 on Kickstarter in May 2015, the entity has propelled forward with the mission of incubating and accelerating fashion design companies in the region.For example, NFA in September partnered with Catholic Charities of Tennessee and Omega Apparel Inc. … read more >>

New Sewing Training Academy Opens in Nashville (Charities USA, Catholic Charities USA)

Posted 01/20/2016

On September 2, 2015, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean cut the ribbon to open Catholic Charities of Tennessee's Sewing Training Academy, a new initiative designed to provide skilled employees for Nashville's growing apparel manufacturing industry. The Academy is the result of a unique collaboration between Catholic Charities, the Nashville Fashion Alliance, and Omega Apparel Inc., … read more >>

Refugee office holds first information session (Andy Telli, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/15/2016

The Tennessee Office of Refugees held its first information session on the refugee resettlement program and drew nearly 20 people, far more than expected, said Holly Johnson, state refugee coordinator. "I would have been thrilled to have five people here," said Johnson. "We wanted people not sure they like the refugee program and we had them; we wanted … read more >>

Nashville Fashion Alliance: Growing an Industry From Scratch (Julia Schults,

Posted 01/14/2016

Here's a fact that may surprise you: Nashville and the surrounding Southeast region have the largest concentration of independent fashion brands outside of New York and Los Angeles.And yet every time the topic comes up, people tend to say the same thing:"Nashville doesn't have a fashion industry."The Nashville Fashion Alliance plans to change that by growing … read more >>

Families Flee War and Violence to Start over in Tennessee (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/01/2016

When visitors enter the home of Iraqi refugees Yassir Khattab and Mays Alsaman, they are welcomed with a spread of snacks and hot tea. As the couple shares their story of leaving war-torn Iraq and settling in the United States, it quickly becomes clear that theirs was an emotionally wrenching journey. "It was very difficult to leave Iraq," said Khattab, who … read more >>

Legislators May Address Resettlement Process in 2016 (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/01/2016

As the 109th General Assembly of the Tennessee state legislature prepares to convene on Jan. 12, Jennifer Murphy, executive director of the Tennessee Catholic Public Policy Commission, will be keeping a close eye on bills of interest to the state's three bishops, including legislation that could affect refugees. "I feel certain some legislation will be … read more >>

Catholic Charities Helps Refugees Assimilate to New Life in America (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/01/2016

Since its founding in 1962, Catholic Charities of Tennessee has assisted refugees and asylum seekers and helped them assimilate to American culture and the local community. Today, the plight of refugees has moved to center stage as people fleeing violence and persecution in the Middle East flood into Europe. Meanwhile, the millions of refugees around the world wait and hope … read more >>

Ashley Furniture Delivers Beds, Bedding to Family Empowerment Clients

Posted 12/22/2015

When clients of Catholic Charities' Family Empowerment Program (FEP) - families at-risk for homelessness - make the stressful and costly transition to stable housing, they often are left without household furniture, including beds to sleep in at night."It is not unheard of for children in the program to sleep on the floor of the family's new apartment or doubled-up on … read more >>

Refugee Assimilation is the Best Defense (Frank Daniels III, The Tennessean)

Posted 12/11/2015

The 19th century American author Christian Nestell Bovee wrote, "We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them."I know that I resemble that remark.Tennesseans' fear, and the lack of knowledge that drives it, was on display at a joint State and Local Government Committee hearing at the General Assembly on Wednesday, where a dais-full of legislators … read more >>

Tennessee Lawmakers Publicly Question Security Of Refugee Resettlement (Chas Sisk, WPLN)

Posted 12/10/2015

State lawmakers sought assurances Wednesday afternoon that Tennesseans are being protected as the country weighs an influx of Syrian refugees.But they were told by safety officials that refugees aren't much of a threat.Lawmakers from the Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives gathered at Legislative Plaza for an exhaustive hearing that they said was meant to shed … read more >>

Refugee Turned U.S. Citizen Thankful for Entrance (Sky Arnold, Fox 17 WZTV)

Posted 12/10/2015

In 1997 Begard Hawez came to the United States as a refugee from Kurdistan.Today, she's a U.S. citizen with a job and family."If it wasn't for the United States that rescued somebody like me I would be dead not having a beautiful family," said Hawez.Holly Johnson with the Catholic Charities Tennessee Office for Refugees says successful refugees … read more >>

#GivingTuesday Made Easy

Posted 11/30/2015

You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday that kickoff the holiday season. Well, we want to be sure that you know about #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving (December 1st this year) harnessing the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.Across the globe, people will be inspired … read more >>

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