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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 >>

Fear Must Not Dictate Response to Paris Attacks (Editorial, Tennessee Register)

Posted 11/20/2015

The world is weeping once more. Terrorists have again brought their dark ideology to Paris, the City of Light.Islamic State extremists carried out coordinated attacks in Paris on Friday, Nov. 13, targeting unsuspecting people enjoying the evening at sidewalk cafes, at a soccer game, at a rock concert. They killed at least 129 people and left more than 350 injured, … read more >>

Charities' Christmas Wishes Initiative Returns for 2015 (Tennessee Register)

Posted 11/20/2015

Catholic Charities' 2016 Christmas Wishes initiative is ready to launch."Catholic Charities' Christmas Wishes has become a longstanding tradition of the season for many families, churches and businesses in our community," explained Megan Stack Emerson, Family Assistance and Community Employment Department Director. "Last year, approximately 1,200 individuals … read more >>

Mayor Barry: Nashville should continue welcoming refugees (Joey Garrison, The Tennessean)

Posted 11/18/2015

As Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam asks federal officials to stop sending Syrian refugees to Tennessee, newly elected Nashville Mayor Megan Barry says Nashville should remain an open place for all immigrants and refugees.She also says that "reality, not fear" should dictate reaction to the terrorist attacks in Paris, France."I think Nashville has always been a … read more >>

Refugee Starts Urban Garden in S. Nashville for Other Refugees (Jen French, WZTV Fox 17)

Posted 11/18/2015

Beatrice Gatebuke's roots are actually in Rwanda. She's a refugee. At the age of 13, she and her parents escaped genocide."Nothing was familiar," Gatebuke said. "It's a brand new environment. We didn't speak the language; we had to go through translators."Gatebuke started an urban garden for refugees off of Paragon Mills Road. She said many refugees … read more >>

Christmas Wishes Kicks Off: Catholic Charities program brought Christmas to 1200 last year

Posted 11/16/2015

With many leaves having fallen, night-time temperatures hovering around freezing, and the Thanksgiving holiday days away, it can only mean one thing...the start of the 2015 Christmas Wishes initiative is upon us."Catholic Charities' Christmas Wishes has become a longstanding tradition of the season for many families, churches, and businesses in our … read more >>

Tips on Dealing with Stress During the Holidays (Lisa McGovern, L.C.S.W., Supervisor of Counseling Services)

Posted 11/16/2015

The Holidays can be a stressful time. We often are trying to spend time around family and "create magical memories." That can leave us with unrealistic expectations that only set us up for stress and disappointment. We can also overextend ourselves or our finances, creating new problems for the new year. Here are some tips meant to help keep the joy in the … read more >>

Charities Program Empowers Families to Find Stability, Set Goals (Story & Photos by Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 11/06/2015

On a recent Saturday morning, weeks before Thanksgiving, Elizabeth Tormey is already perusing a well-worn cookbook, dog-earing recipes she plans to cook for the first holiday feast in her family's new apartment. She is nearly giddy at the prospect of being able to celebrate the holidays in her own home with her family this year. "We've come a very long way," … read more >>

Adoption Superheroes to be Honored at Walk Nov. 14 (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 11/06/2015

Have you adopted a child from the state's foster care system? Have you considered this route to growing your family through adoption? If you want to learn more about the process and talk to families who have already taken the journey, make plans to attend the Adoption Superheroes Celebration and Walk at Centennial Park on Saturday, Nov. 14.The walk, which is co-sponsored … read more >>

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