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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 >>

Affordable Housing an Important Part of Great – and Just – City (An editorial by the Tennessee Register)

Posted 08/12/2016

Nashville, by all accounts, is booming, and many fortunate residents are reaping the rewards. New restaurants seem to open on a daily basis; parks and neighborhoods are undergoing revitalization; cultural offerings abound; property values are soaring.Driving around the city, it's difficult to avoid construction zones. In many neighborhoods, older homes continue [to] fall to … read more >>

Works of Mercy Challenge Update: June bottled water drive (Aimee Shelide Mayer, Advocacy and Social Concerns Coordinator)

Posted 08/05/2016

"I Was Thirsty, and You Gave me Drink"June's rising temperatures made it logical to focus on those who are physically thirsty, following Jesus's words in the Gospel of Matthew, "I was thirsty, and you gave me drink" (Mt. 25:35). During the second month of a seven-month "Corporal Works of Mercy" Challenge for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, … read more >>

Statement Regarding BL-133 (Affordable Housing) to the Metro Council on Behalf of Catholic Charities of Tennessee (presented by Aimee Shelide Mayer, Advocacy and Social Concerns Coordinator)

Posted 08/02/2016

Hello. My name is Aimee Shelide Mayer and I am representing Catholic Charities of Tennessee, one of the largest non-profit charitable organizations in Metro Nashville that serves thousands of clients each year through programs such as: adoptions support, counseling, housing assistance, direct aid, job training, and refugee services, just to name a few. I am here … read more >>

Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center readies for St. Vincent de Paul move (Nashville Pride)

Posted 07/29/2016

Change and excitement are in the air for Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center staff and families as the program prepares for its mid-August move to the former St. Vincent de Paul School at 1704 Heiman Street in North Nashville.The program, with roots going back 150 years, will be leaving the 30 White Bridge Road site it has occupied since the late 1970s.Saint Mary … read more >>

Call Issued for Volunteer Painters for new Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center @ St. Vincent de Paul: Saturday, July 23 is the day!

Posted 07/14/2016

To register for the 8 am - 12 Noon shift, click here. // To register for the 12 Noon - 4pm shift, click here.If you are able to help us out all day, please register on both links!To print a copy of the flyer, just click on the image above and you will be taken to a printable pdf. … read more >>

Working to End an Invisible Issue (Joseph Kenkel & Ryan DeHoff, AmeriCorps VISTAs, Family Empowerment Program, Catholic Charities of Tennessee for The Contributor))

Posted 07/07/2016

The following story appeared in the June 27 - July 11, 2016 issue of The Contributor.It is evident that, as a community, we have attached powerful stereotypes to homelessness. Maybe you imagine an older man asking for spare change on the corner of Broadway and 3rd. Maybe another picture is of an individual eating a hot meal at the Rescue Mission. Informed by these … read more >>

Summer Programs Offer Low-cost Fun (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 07/01/2016

Summer break, beloved by school children nationwide, but greeted more cautiously by many working parents, can be a logistical and financial strain for busy families. Often, parents have to stitch together a patchwork of summer camps and make an onerous plan to transport their children to varied, sometimes unfamiliar, locations every week.Some local Catholic parishes … read more >>

Catholic Charities of Tennessee Announces 2016-17 Board Officers, New Members

Posted 07/01/2016

The Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. has elected officers and new members for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, according to Bill Sinclair, executive director of the agency. The officer terms begin on July 1, 2016 and run through June 30, 2017.Executive Committee members for 2016-2017 are: President Dwayne Dillard, Partner, Crowe Horwath, LLP, … read more >>

Family Homelessness Awareness Month Activities Planned

Posted 06/27/2016

Catholic Charities' Family Empowerment Program is planning several events between July 7 and August 7 to heighten awareness of the problem of Family Homelessness in our community."Through events rooted in advocacy, awareness, volunteerism, and fundraising, we hope to build enough support for our program to serve our family clients' needs more effectively and … read more >>

Child Victims of Violence Find Hope in Counseling Program (Ned Andrew Solomon, Tennessee Register)

Posted 06/17/2016

Those affected by homicide, assault and domestic violence are not just the people who perpetrate or fall victim to these crimes. Too often it includes children who have witnessed such an event or have lost a parent because of it. Since 1998, Catholic Charities of Tennessee has tried to do something about this all-too-common occurrence. Its Hope program is a free resource … read more >>

Works of Mercy Challenge Helps Volunteers Participate in Year of Mercy (Briana Grzybowski, Tennessee Register)

Posted 06/17/2016

During this liturgical Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began Dec. 8 last year on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and lasts through the Feast of Christ the King this year on Nov. 20, the Vatican has encouraged Catholics worldwide to reflect on God's mercy and find ways to extend it to others in their daily lives. This past May, Catholic Charities of Tennessee issued … read more >>

Catholic Charities' Hague Accrediation Renewed (Tennessee Register)

Posted 06/17/2016

The Hague Accreditation for Catholic Charities of Tennessee's international adoption program has been renewed by the Council on Accreditation, as authorized by the U.S. Department of State, according to Bill Sinclair, Catholic Charities executive director. Renewal of Hague Accreditation attests that the agency is in substantial compliance with the Hague … read more >>

700 Local Children to Get New Shoes Saturday (Alex Hubbard, The Tennessean)

Posted 06/10/2016

Several local organizations are teaming up Saturday to provide 700 kids with new shoes.Catholic Charities of Tennessee partnered with Shoes4Kids, a 10-year-old organization that provides new shoes and mentoring programs to at-risk children. The organization has a goal to collect 10,000 shoes this year.Catholic Charities has also worked with Safe Haven Family Shelter, … read more >>

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