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Advocates of Refugees, Immigrants Seek to Calm Postelection Fears (Theresa Laurence for Catholic Standard, Archdiocese of Wshington, DC)

Posted 11/29/2016

As the American people continue to unpack exactly what the election of Donald Trump means for the country, those who work with vulnerable populations such as refugees and immigrants have serious concerns and questions about what the future holds.President-elect Trump made the issue of immigration one of the foundations of his campaign. He promised to round up those in … read more >>

Nashville Businesses Team Up to Build New Playground (WSMV - Channel 4)

Posted 10/27/2016

Several adults got out of the office on Thursday to help build a new playground in Nashville. Two-hundred volunteers from area businesses and corporations partnered with KaBOOM! to build a playground at Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center.The center is located behind Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic Church on Heiman Street.Sixty to seventy children are enrolled. … read more >>

Governor Haslam Open to Refugee Resettlement in Tennessee (Jason McDonald, Contributor, University of Tennessee/Knoxville Daily Beacon)

Posted 10/26/2016

Last month, Gov. Bill Haslam publicly stated that he does not oppose refugee resettlement in Tennessee.There are some things in the federal government that I don't have a lot of confidence in, but I think they have the right procedures in place," Haslam said when discussing refugees in Tennessee.As part of an expansion effort by the Obama administration, almost … read more >>

Saint Mary Villa Child Development Plans to Build New Playground October 27: Kaboom!, Nashville Predators Foundation provide major support for build

Posted 10/05/2016

Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center staff, families, and many supporters from throughout the community are gearing up for a new playground build on Thursday, October 27, at the program's new St. Vincent de Paul location (1704 Heiman Street).The build is being sponsored by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids - particularly those growing up … read more >>

Search Underway for Next Catholic Charities Director (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 09/23/2016

The search for the next executive director of Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. is well underway. The search committee has scouted out candidates both locally and nationally and is conducting the first round of interviews this week and next. "The goal is to have someone in place by late November, early December, so there is some transition time before … read more >>

Catholic Charities to Honor Dr. O’Neill, Sisters of Mercy (Tennessee Register)

Posted 09/23/2016

Respected Vanderbilt University Medical Center pediatric surgeon and professor Dr. James A. O'Neill, Jr., M.D., and the Sisters of Mercy will be honored with Catholic Charities of Tennessee's Spirit of ServiceAward on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the 2016 Celebration of Mission to Service presented by Saint Thomas Health. The Celebration, a benefit for Catholic Charities and … read more >>

Dr. Jim O'Neill, Mercy Sisters Slated for Spirit of Service Award: Recognition to occur at Oct 19 Celebration of Mission to Service benefit

Posted 09/15/2016

Respected Vanderbilt University Medical Center pediatric surgeon and professor Dr. James A. O'Neill, Jr., M.D. and the Sisters of Mercy will be honored with the Spirit of Service Award on Wednesday, October 19, at the 2016 Celebration of Mission to Service presented by Saint Thomas Health. The Celebration, a benefit for Catholic Charities of Tennessee and Saint Mary Villa … read more >>

In My Words: Renewed Spaces in a Sacred Place (Clark Baker, Catholic Charities of Tennessee Board of Trustees)

Posted 09/12/2016

Both Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center (SMV CDC) and Catholic Charities of Tennessee have been involved in preparing for a major move from Saint Mary Villa on White Bridge Road to the St. Vincent de Paul campus on Heiman Street in North Nashville for the better part of a year. Thankfully, all of the myriad of details are finally coming together and the dream is … read more >>

Charities Volunteer has Sight Restored with Adult Stem Cell Treatment (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 09/09/2016

Doug Oliver, a former social worker and a current volunteer at Catholic Charities' Senior Enrichment Center, was legally blind, only able to see vague shapes and colors. Now he can see clearly again, thanks an experimental adult stem cell treatment. (Oliver is pictured at left with WMOT reporter Michael Osborne (R) in this June 2014 photograph. (C) Catholic Charities … read more >>

Welcome to Nashville (Photo by Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 09/09/2016

Heba Ibrahim, 8, left, the youngest daughter of a family of Kurdish refugees who were living in Turkey after fleeing Syria, and arrived in Nashville on Aug. 30, receives a rose as a sign of welcome from a friend of the family who lives in Nashville. Staffers from Catholic Charities of Tennessee were also on hand to greet the newly arrived refugees and will offer case … read more >>

Charity Teaches Refugees to Sew (News Channel 5)

Posted 09/01/2016

SOURCE: local charity has helped refugees around Nashville learn to sew in hopes of contributing to the city's [fashion] manufacturing industry.Catholic Charities Sewing Academy has worked to build skilled sewers for today's [fashion] manufacturing industry.In the meantime, students used their skills to … read more >>

Nashville Hosts Refugee Families From Syria (Rebecca Schleicher, News Channel 5 (WTVF))

Posted 08/30/2016

SOURCE: the U.S. reaches its goal to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees, some families have landed in Nashville.Tuesday in Music City, in a room at Catholic Charities, you could hear music unlike what you might hear around downtown or in the Honky Tonks on Broadway. The Al Zoubi family strummed … read more >>

Volunteers Respond to August Works of Mercy Challenge: Clothe the Naked (Aimee Mayer, Advocacy & Social Justice Coordinator)

Posted 08/30/2016

You won't typically find teenage boys willing to sort diapers on a Saturday afternoon. On a recent Saturday, however, four junior high students from Christ the King School joined a group of about 25 volunteers from across the region to answer Catholic Charities' August Mercy Challenge to "Clothe the Naked." They gathered at Cathedral of the Incarnation for a … read more >>

In My Words: The Sewing Training Academy Celebrates its First Year (Trishawna Quincy, Instructor and Program Coordinator)

Posted 08/30/2016

Last year, on August 30, just one day before the launch of the Sewing Training Academy (STA), I was frantically building 10 wooden stools for my classroom.I used the term building, but when I told friends what I was doing, they corrected me. Evidently it is not building if all the pieces come in a box ready to assemble?? With so much left to do before the first class, … read more >>

How Refugees Go from Fleeing their Country to Living in Nashville (Jen Todd, The Tennessean)

Posted 08/14/2016

After leaving belongings behind to escape a home filled with fear and death, refugees face a series of health screenings, background checks and cultural orientation - before they know where they're going.Catholic Charities of Tennessee, World Relief Nashville and Nashville International Center for Empowerment held a community meeting on Thursday [August 11, 2016] to inform … read more >>

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